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1829 Talk: Landscapes of Predation - Investigating Upper Palaeolithic Visual Culture in the Côa Valley, Portugal

Friday 8 November, 18.29pm-18.45pm, Newcastle University – Ridley Building 2, room RIDB2.1.65

with Lisa-elen Meyering, Durham University

Recognising prey within a landscape setting will have been of utmost importance to the survival of the hunter-gatherers of the past. In fact, distinguishing between species and selectively hunting for different types of prey will have meant that hunter-gatherers required expert and intimate knowledge of prey morphology, prey behaviour as well as suitable hunting strategies. In the absence of any faunal remains and oral traditions that we can interrogate today, we have to fall back onto a different kind of material record that hunter-gatherers have left behind: engravings in rock. This short talk will consider the animal depictions left behind by past “artists” within the Portuguese landscapes engulfing the river Côa. A novel approach of exploring archaeological material from a psychological viewpoint will be utilised that explores the interplay of vision and Upper Palaeolithic rock art-making (≈24-15,000 years BP).