Prehistoric Art

Diego GARATE
President
Aitor RUIZ REDONDO
Vice-President

Rock art is one of the most striking and fragile legacies of prehistoric societies. Open-air, caves and rock shelters sites were decorated around the world during prehistoric times and UNESCO has repeatedly recognized their heritage value as the first examples of the art of humanity. This commission is conceived as a place for discussion, reflexion and collaboration on the research, preservation, and dissemination of prehistoric rock art.

Four stylistically different illustrations of a bull in black and white.

Rock art is a world-wide phenomenon and also a major milestone in humankind's development - relevance that has been recognised by several UNESCO World Heritage designations. In fact, these archaeological sites are not just a source of scientific information about the past, they are also a unique heritage that needs to be researched, preserved, and disseminated for nowadays and future generations. It is a legacy linked to the evolution of humanity and our interaction with this phenomenon is a reflection of the kind of society we are building. This is to say, rock art is subject to many common challenges of today’s society such as climate change, industrialisation, the ethical use of new technologies or widespread access to quality education. At the same time, art is a universal vehicle for the transmission of ideas and knowledge. In a way, it acts as a common reference that favours the resilience of society in the face of constant change.

The objectives of the Prehistoric Art Commission are to stimulate and coordinate interregional research in the field of prehistoric art and to organize thematic meetings between UISPP Congresses. This commission has a special interesting in promoting significant actions in terms of excellence such as participation in the organization of researchers, Workshops, seminars or other initiatives related to the study, protection, conservation, and dissemination of prehistoric art (rock art and portable art) and acting in favour of the preservation of the sites of art in danger all over the world.

The Prehistoric Art commission is open to the participation of all those researchers who wish to do so, by registering with the UISPP, as well as to collaborate and share initiatives with other public and/or private institutions whose aims coincide with those described here. You are all welcome.

Research and publications

Publications

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Caractérisation, continuités et discontinuités des manifestations graphiques des sociétés préhistoriques

Paillet, E, Sepulveda, M., Robert, E., Paillet, P. & Mélard, N. (eds) 2020. Caractérisation, continuités et discontinuités des manifestations graphiques des sociétés préhistoriques. Proceedings of the XVIII UISPP World Congress (4–9 June 2018, Paris, France) Volume 3, Session XXVIII-4. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Cover image Post-Palaeolithic Filiform Rock Art in Western Europe

Post-Palaeolithic Filiform Rock Art in Western Europe

Coimbra, F. & Sansoni, U. (eds) 2016. Post-Palaeolithic Filiform Rock Art in Western Europe. Proceedings of the XVII UISPP World Congress (1–7 September 2014, Burgos, Spain) Volume 10, Session A18b. Oxford: Archaeopress.

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Public Images, Private Readings: Multi-Perspective Approaches to the Post-Palaeolithic Rock Art

Fábregas Valcarce, R. & Rodríguez Rellán, C. (eds) 2016. Public Images, Private Readings: Multi-Perspective Approaches to the Post-Palaeolithic Rock Art. Proceedings of the XVII UISPP World Congress (1–7 September 2014, Burgos, Spain) Volume 5, Session A11e. Oxford: Archaeopress.

Cover image Prehistoric Art: Signs, Symbols, Myth, Ideology

Prehistoric Art: Signs, Symbols, Myth, Ideology

Seglie, D., Otte, M., Oosterbeek, L. & Remacle, L. (eds) 2009. Prehistoric Art: Signs, Symbols, Myth, Ideology. Proceedings of the XV UISPP World Congress (Lisbon, 4–9 September 2006) / Actes du XV Congrès mondial (Lisbonne, 4–9 septembre 2006) Volume 27, Session C26. BAR International Series 2028. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.

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Rock Art and Museum / Art rupestre et musée

Dimitriadis, G., Seglie, D. & Muñoz, G. (eds) 2009. Rock Art and Museum / Art rupestre et musée. Proceedings of the XV UISPP World Congress (Lisbon, 4–9 September 2006) / Actes du XV Congrès mondial (Lisbonne, 4–9 septembre 2006) Volume 30, Session WS19. BAR International Series 1997. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.

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Rock Art Data Base / Base de données en art rupestre

Poggiani-Keller, R., Dimitriadis, G., Coimbra, F., Liborio, C. & Ruggiero, M.G. (eds) 2009. Rock Art Data Base: New Methods and Guidelines in Archiving and Cataloguing / Base de données en art rupestre : nouvelles méthodes et lignes guide en archivage et catalogage. Proceedings of the XV UISPP World Congress (Lisbon, 4–9 September 2006) / Actes du XV Congrès mondial (Lisbonne, 4–9 septembre 2006) Volume 29, Session WS20. BAR International Series 1996. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.

Cover image Symbolic Spaces in Prehistoric Art / Espaces symboliques dans l'art préhistorique

Symbolic Spaces in Prehistoric Art / Espaces symboliques dans l'art préhistorique

Djindjian, F. & Oosterbeek, L. (eds) 2009. Symbolic Spaces in Prehistoric Art: Territories, Travels and Site Locations / Espaces symboliques dans l'art préhistorique : territoires, déplacements et localisation des sites. Proceedings of the XV UISPP World Congress (Lisbon, 4–9 September 2006) / Actes du XV Congrès mondial (Lisbonne, 4–9 septembre 2006) Volume 40, Session C28. BAR International Series 1999. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.

Cover image Pleistocene Palaeoart of the World

Pleistocene Palaeoart of the World

Bednarik, R.G. & Hodgston, D. (eds) 2008. Pleistocene Palaeoart of the World. Proceedings of the XV UISPP World Congress (Lisbon, 4–9 September 2006) / Actes du XV Congrès mondial (Lisbonne, 4–9 septembre 2006) Volume 19, Session C80. BAR International Series 1804. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.

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Symbolism in Rock Art

Coimbra, F. & Dubal, L. (eds) 2008. Symbolism in Rock Art. Proceedings of the XV UISPP World Congress (Lisbon, 4–9 September 2006) / Actes du XV Congrès mondial (Lisbonne, 4–9 septembre 2006) Volume 25, Session WS24. BAR International Series 1793. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.

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Members

Fernando COIMBRA
Instituto Politécnico de Tomar (Portugal)
Diego GARATE
Instituto Internacional de Investigaciones Prehistóricas de Cantabria (Spain)
Sara GARCÊS
Instituto Politécnico de Tomar (Portugal)
Lioudmila IAKOVLEVA
National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Ukraine)
Jean-Claude MARQUET
Université de Tours (France)
George NASH
Instituto Politécnico de Tomar (Portugal)
Marian RODRIGUES
Instituto Olho d'Água (Brazil)
Aitor RUIZ REDONDO
Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain)
Thomas WYRWOLL
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Germany)