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The Journal of African Archaeology is an international peer-reviewed periodical appearing half-yearly since 2003. It publishes original papers addressing recent research and developments in African archaeology and related disciplines. The journal's main purpose is to provide scholars and students with a new pan-African forum for discussing relevant topics on the cultural dynamics of past African societies.

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Vol. 6 (1) 2008

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M. Gutierrez

L'art rupestre de la province de Namibe, Angola: étude des sites par rapport à leur position topographique

Journal of African Archaeology, Volume 6 (1), 2008, pages 21-32, DOI 10.3213/1612-1651-10101

Abstract
In southern Angola, the province of Namibe is one of the richest in sites of paintings and rock carvings. This article shows significant differences between sites with rock paintings located in close proximity but in different topographic positions. Ground-level sites have higher percentages of recognizable figures while on higher located sites figures are rather abstract and difficult to identify. The topographic difference between sites seems to determine the difference of the pictorial expressions. The compilation of a reliable chronological framework for the rock art sites in the province of Namibe will refine this approach.

Résumé
Au sud de l'Angola, la province de Namibe est l'une des plus riches en sites de peintures et de gravures rupestres. L'article montre des différences importantes entre les sites à peintures rupestres qui se trouvent à proximité les uns des autres mais dans des positions topographiques différentes. Les sites placés au niveau du sol présentent des pourcentages plus élevés de figures reconnaissables, tandis que dans les sites en hauteur, les figures sont plutôt abstraites et difficiles à identifier. La différence topographique entre sites semble déterminer la différence des expressions picturales. L'élaboration d'un cadre chronologique fiable pour l'ensemble de l'art rupestre de la province de Namibe permettra d'affiner cette approche.




Keywords: Angola, archéologie, art rupestre, Namibe, paintings, peintures, rock art, topographie


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