Pleistocene Art of the World Congress 2010

Pleistocene Art of the World Congress 2010

IFRAO Congress,

Tarascon-sur-Ariège and Foix, France
6–11 September 2010

Pleistocene Art of the World Congress 2010
IFRAO Congress,
Tarascon-sur-Ariège and Foix, France
6–11 September 2010

This major palaeoart congress will be held in the heartland of the Franco-Cantabrian cave art
traditions, at the foot of the French Pyrenees. It is expected to become a major benchmark
event in the discipline. It will be hosted by IFRAO in conjunction with French government
authorities. Fieldtrip programs will include privileged visits to Palaeolithic cave art sites in

The existence of Pleistocene rock art, first proposed by Marcelino de Sautuola in 1879, was
slowly accepted in the late 19th century. Since then, investigation of this phenomenon has
been largely focused on a small region of western Europe, which has yielded over 300 cave
sites of the most exquisite Palaeolithic rock art. Over the subsequent century, an elaborate
stylistic chronology of this corpus, featuring naturalistic animal depictions and semiotic
motifs, was developed. It also became the template of Pleistocene rock art in guiding the
search for such phenomena in other regions of the world, prompting many reports of such
rock art as well as portable art from across Eurasia. Research in recent decades has suggested
that most Pleistocene palaeoart of the world may not be figurative, and most may be of
Middle rather than Upper Palaeolithic modes of production. New evidence suggests there
appears to be almost no figurative graphic art of the Pleistocene outside of western Europe.
Typically, graphic Pleistocene art of Asia, Africa and Australia seems to be non-figurative
(with very few exceptions), and the corpus of Australian Pleistocene rock art, which some
assume to be the largest in the world, is entirely of Middle Palaeolithic traditions. Palaeoart
of the final Pleistocene seems to occur in North America and may also yet be found in South
America. Finally, India has yielded rock art even of the Lower Palaeolithic, and similarly
ancient palaeoart may conceivably occur in Africa.

This scenario differs so significantly from the popular model of Pleistocene art that a
congress should be dedicated to this subject, addressing questions of dating, of the definitions
of palaeoart, and of regional distribution of evidence in each continent, re-evaluating the
topic of the global phenomenon of Pleistocene palaeoart traditions. We invite contributions
on all aspects of this subject.

Jean Clottes, Giriraj Kumar and Robert Bednarik (Immediate-Past-President, previous
President and Convener of IFRAO respectively)


Esta es la firma de los correos que envía el director del Grupo GIPRI

Guillermo Muñoz


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