Who painted that? The authorship of Schematic rock art at the Los Machos rockshelter in southern Iberia

Francisco Martínez-Sevilla*, Meritxell Arqués, Xavier Jordana, Assumpció Malgosa, José Antonio Lozano Rodríguez, Margarita Sánchez Romero, Kate Sharpe, Javier Carrasco Rus

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Abstract

Globally, rock art is one of the most widely distributed manifestations of past human activity. Previous research, however, has tended to focus on the art rather than artists. Understanding which members of society participated in creating such art is crucial to interpreting its social implications and that of the sites at which it is found. This article presents the first application of a method-palaeodermatoglyphics-for the estimation of the sex and age of two later prehistoric individuals who left their fingerprints at the Los Machos rockshelter in southern Iberia. The method has the potential to illuminate the complex socio-cultural dimensions of rock art sites worldwide.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1133-1151
Number of pages19
JournalAntiquity
Volume94
Issue number377
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Neolithic
  • painting techniques
  • palaeodermatoglyphics
  • rock art

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