The art of assemblage: styling Neolithic art

Jones, Andrew Merion (2016) The art of assemblage: styling Neolithic art Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 27, (1), pp. 85-94. (doi:10.1017/S0959774316000561).


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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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1017/S0959774316000561
ISSNs: 0959-7743 (print)
Organisations: Archaeology
ePrint ID: 403101
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Date Event
15 October 2016Accepted/In Press
11 January 2017e-pub ahead of print
February 2017Published
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2016 09:44
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2017 04:58
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