- Series: African Archaeology Series
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Altamira Press (March 19, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0759106053
- ISBN-13: 978-0759106055
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,491,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Saharan Rock Art: Archaeology of Tassilian Pastoralist Iconography (African Archaeology Series)
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Holl's book opens up Saharan art to the Anglophone world, and we can anticipate much greater debate on its interpretation, and perhaps engagement with the ethnographic record. (Journal Of African Archaeology)
About the Author
Augustin Holl is Professor of Anthropology and Afro-Ameican and African Studies at the University of Michigan and a Curator at the University's Museum of Anthropology. He is author of five books on African archaeology.
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Professor Holl does not write about the whole of Tassilian rock art at all, but only on ONE set of compositions called the Dr. Khen Shelter of the Iheren complex. He has not seen the site himself but has based his findings not even on photographs but on drawings made in the '60s by an artist with the expedition of Henri Lhote who discovered Iheren. He has made himself dependent on this artist interpretation.
Moreover, as I was given to understand by a friend who has seen this site for himself, the Dr. Khen Shelter containes many more paintings than those interpreted by Professor Holl. They surround the parts interpreted in this book and should not be separated from them.
And what of the interpretations themselves? They are of course of an artform made by a civilisation long gone, but seem mostly plausible. But because of all the problems stated above, I have no idea how seriously one can take these findings.
This book is therefore not only not about Saharan or Tassilian rock art in toto as stated in the title, it isn't even about the whole of one shelter in one complex.
I found it a wasted chance.