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Saharan Rock Art. Archaeology of Tassilian Pastoral Iconography. By Augustin F. C. Holl. African Archaeology Series. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek, 2004, 192 pages. ISBN Paperback 0-7591-0605-3. Price: UK£ 22.95.

Saharan Rock Art. Archaeology of Tassilian Pastoral Iconography. By Augustin F. C. Holl. African... and general, mostly dealing with issues of semiotics (LE QUELLEC 1993), and little attempt to frame these within specific Saharan ethnographic examples, or to tie the art into the archaeology. The book under review is an attempt to resolve some of these issues. It is a distillation and enlargement upon previous work done by Holl and colleagues (HOLL 1995; HOLL & DUEPPEN 1999). It focuses on the paintings from one rock shelter in the Tassili nAjjer, called Iheren, first seen during one of Henri Lhotes later expeditions and transcribed by Pierre Colombel. The panels are stylistically of the later Bovidian II (or white-faced) art (SMITH 1993), probably dated to between 4500-3500 BP. They were initially published in KUPER (1978: pp. 418-9: fig. 2) in full colour. They comprise over 440 individual images of humans and domestic animals on one side of the shelter, and wild animals on the other side. Holl takes a generalised model of pastoral society as his starting point. He reads the Iheren panel as a DOI 10.3213/1612-1651-10033 © Africa Magna Verlag, Frankfurt M. series of vignettes that correspond to the annual rhythms of pastoral transhumant life. The two panels are suggested as a narrative http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

Saharan Rock Art. Archaeology of Tassilian Pastoral Iconography. By Augustin F. C. Holl. African Archaeology Series. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek, 2004, 192 pages. ISBN Paperback 0-7591-0605-3. Price: UK£ 22.95.

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 2 (2): 281 – Oct 25, 2004

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and general, mostly dealing with issues of semiotics (LE QUELLEC 1993), and little attempt to frame these within specific Saharan ethnographic examples, or to tie the art into the archaeology. The book under review is an attempt to resolve some of these issues. It is a distillation and enlargement upon previous work done by Holl and colleagues (HOLL 1995; HOLL & DUEPPEN 1999). It focuses on the paintings from one rock shelter in the Tassili nAjjer, called Iheren, first seen during one of Henri Lhotes later expeditions and transcribed by Pierre Colombel. The panels are stylistically of the later Bovidian II (or white-faced) art (SMITH 1993), probably dated to between 4500-3500 BP. They were initially published in KUPER (1978: pp. 418-9: fig. 2) in full colour. They comprise over 440 individual images of humans and domestic animals on one side of the shelter, and wild animals on the other side. Holl takes a generalised model of pastoral society as his starting point. He reads the Iheren panel as a DOI 10.3213/1612-1651-10033 © Africa Magna Verlag, Frankfurt M. series of vignettes that correspond to the annual rhythms of pastoral transhumant life. The two panels are suggested as a narrative

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Published: Oct 25, 2004

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