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The art of assemblage: styling Neolithic art

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The art of Neolithic Britain and Ireland consists of a variety of curvilinear and geometric motifs pecked into stone (in open-air rock art or passage tombs) or carved into portable artefacts of chalk, stone or antler. Because of its abstract nature the art has proved problematic for archaeologists. Initially archaeologists assumed the art was representational; now most scholars have abandoned this view, and simply approach the art stylistically. Here I argue that stylistic analysis is insufficient to understand this art: instead the process of making provides a fuller understanding of this art. It is argued that the practice of assemblage is a key aspect of the process of making.

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Jones, Andrew Merion (2017) The art of assemblage: styling Neolithic art Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 27, (1), pp. 85-94. (doi:10.1017/S0959774316000561).

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Accepted/In Press date: 15 October 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 11 January 2017
Published date: February 2017
Organisations: Archaeology


Local EPrints ID: 403101
ISSN: 0959-7743
PURE UUID: ab16816b-3e86-4234-aef5-00fa0aaf6d22

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Date deposited: 24 Nov 2016 09:44
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 04:09

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