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date: 17 February 2020

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Upper Palaeolithic art is found across much of Europe as portable (mobiliary) art, pictographs or engravings in deep caves, or as engravings in open-air sites. European Upper Palaeolithic art was among the first prehistoric art to be discovered by researchers, and it remains among the oldest dated art in the world. Since the late 1800s, a range of theoretical approaches have been used to comprehend its meaning(s), with most effort aimed at the construction of chrono-stylistic frameworks by which to understand the art’s origins and evolution over time. More recently, new analytical techniques such as radiocarbon and uranium-series dating, digital imaging, and 3-D recording have improved our abilities to analyse the art. The Iberian Peninsula is especially rich in post-Palaeolithic assemblages of varied ages, including some that progress into the Neolithic. In this context, current discussions are focused on continuities of deeply rooted Palaeolithic traditions into the Mesolithic and on ruptures at the onset of the Neolithic.

Keywords: Upper Palaeolithic art, continuity and change, Mesolithic art, Epigravettian, Roussot’s Style V, Epimagdalenian, Levantine art

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