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Ref ID: 28065
Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Taçon, Paul S. C.
Tan, Noel Hidalgo
O'Connor, Sue
Ji Xueping,
Li Gang,
Curnoe, Darren
Bulbeck, David
Budianto Hakim,
Iwan Sumantri,
Heng Than,
Im Sokritny,
Chia, Stephen
Khoun Khun-Neay,
Soeung Kong,
Title: The global implications of the early surviving rock art of greater Southeast Asia
Date: 2014
Source: Antiquity
Abstract: The rock art of Southeast Asia has been less thoroughly studied than that of Europe or Australia, and it has generally been considered to be more recent in origin. New dating evidence from Mainland and Island Southeast Asia, however, demonstrates that the earliest motifs (hand stencils and naturalistic animals) are of late Pleistocene age and as early as those of Europe. The similar form of the earliest painted motifs in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia suggests that they are the product of a shared underlying behaviour, but the difference in context (rockshelters) indicates that experiences in deep caves cannot have been their inspiration.
Date Created: 12/1/2014
Volume: 88
Number: 342
Page Start: 1050
Page End: 1064