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North African Rock Art Under new light : A palaeosociology of the last Hunter-Gatherers and first Pastoralists

Units : Center of Cultural Anthropology | ULB415

Description :

In North Africa, hundreds of rock art sites located in desert areas testify to the occupation of the so-called ‘Green Sahara’,
when palaeoenvironmental conditions were more favourable to human settlement and activities. Despite a long tradition of
research, most striking is that nobody has investigated the potential of this rock art corpus to tell us about social and anthropological
considerations. The aim of NARA-PalSoc research project is to investigate representations of human groups with questions about (1)
human relations, (2) social organizations and (3) subsistence activities and worldviews. The project proposes to use this
underused body of data in order to elaborate what might be termed as a "Palaeosociology" of both the last hunter-gatherers and
the first pastoralists groups in North Africa and for a better understanding of the social dynamics at a time of major shifts in
the ways of life.

List of persons in charge :

  • GOSSELAIN Olivier

  • HONORE Emmanuelle

List of lessors :

  • Autres U.E.

  • Fonds propres (patrimoine)