Seeking the spiritual: Ice Age image-makers

Friday 5 April 2013,

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A lecture on the suggestion that the making of late Ice Age cave art was in some ways akin to shamanistic rituals.

Both a misunderstood and hotly debated topic, David Lewis-Williams, Professor Emeritus, Rock Art Research Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, considers why people crawled deep underground to make images and what they might have experienced.

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Female figure sculpted from steatite. Found at Grimaldi, Italy, about 20,000 years old. Musée d'Archéologie nationale. © Photo RMN/Jean-Gilles Berizzi