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Sacred landscapes of the south-eastern USA: prehistoric rock and cave art in Tennessee

  • Jan F. Simek (a1), Alan Cressler (a2), Nicholas P. Herrmann (a3) and Sarah C. Sherwood (a4)
Abstract

Systematic field exploration in Tennessee has located a wealth of new rock art—some deep in caves, some in the open air. The authors show that these have a different repertoire and use of colour, and a different distribution in the landscape—the open sites up high and the caves down low. The landscape has been reorganised on cosmological terms by the pre-Columbian societies. This research offers an exemplary rationale for reading rock art beyond the image and the site.

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