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Abstract Shamanism and the Ancient Mind: a cognitive approach to archaeology. Citing Literature. Volume 73 , Issue 1 September Pages Related Information. Close Figure Viewer. Browse All Figures Return to Figure.
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Old Password. New Password. Password Changed Successfully Your password has been changed. Then examining both ethnographic and neuropsychological evidence, he makes a strong case for the use of shamanistic ritual and hallucinogenic substances as the genesis of much prehistoric art. Bolstered with examples from contemporary cultures and archaeological sites around the world, Pearson's thesis should be of interest not only to archaeologists, but art historians, psychologists, cultural anthropologist, and the general public.
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It sees rock art not merely as a side alley The clarity with which [Pearson] sets out his review of the literature, the persistent misunderstandings, and even the abuse to which some writers appear dedicated is timely and necessary if researchers are to move closer to what he calls "Archaeology's final frontier"-ancient beliefs and meanings. Pearson presents his partisan view briefly and well, with verve and conviction. His thoughtful discussion of the many pros and cons of various competing theories regarding the origins of Paleolithic cave art is both interesting and insightful.
Jim Pearson now provides us with such an overview. He gives us a valuable critical synthesis of theoretical approaches to cognitive archaeology and reminds us that a large part of the archaeological record results from human cognition. This is an important book that should be on every aspiring archaeologist's bookshelf. About James L. Pearson James L.
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Pearson has a Ph. He became an archaeologist after a long career as a business executive and is now working toward bringing archaeology to the general public. Rating details.