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South African Rock Art : Websites
David Coulson, the Chairman of TARA (Trust for African Rock Art), is probably the leading photographer of African Rock Art. Together with Alec Campbell, a founding trustee of TARA, David has produced a book, African Rock Art, Paintings and Engravings on Stone published by Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York in 2001. ISBN No. 0-8109-4363-8. This is the first comprehensive illustrated book on the subject....
David Coulson can be reached at :
See : The Bradshaw Foundation
1. Rice University : Discovering Southern African Rock Art
Extracts from an article by Jamie Hampson, MA (Oxon) :
Eight years ago, two South African archaeology students were walking in the breathtaking Drakensberg Mountains, a hundred miles inland from Durban. Above them loomed towering basalt cliffs reaching to 7000 feet.... As the sun began to set after a hard day’s searching for ancient rock paintings, they made their way back to camp. Suddenly, a ferocious lightning storm struck.... One of the students pointed to a rock shelter at the top of a steep hill to the west....
2. South African Rock Art Digital Archive : SARADA
3. Southern African Rock Art
For thousands of years, Khoisan-speaking San, popularly known as Bushmen, were the only inhabitants of southern Africa. These people hunted and gathered wild plants. There are 15,000 known San rock art sites in South Africa, perhaps as many as 50,000 in southern Africa....
4. Rock Art Research Institute
Professor David Lewis-Williams is Senior Mentor at the Rock Art Research Institute and an A-rated scientist. After completing his Ph.D in 1977, he established the research unit that was eventually to become the Rock Art Research Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand. His research interests include southern African San rock art, European Upper Palaeolithic cave art, and the western European Neolithic.
See also : Professor David Lewis Williams, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesbourg, South Africa
In addition to more than 130 articles in scientific journals, he is the editor of two books and the author or co-author of a dozen others, including most recently, The Mind of the Curve: Exploring Consciousness and Prehistoric Art (Thames & Hudson) and A Cosmos in Stone: Interpreting Religion and Society through Rock Art (Altamira Press), which were both published in 2002.
... For the San, rock paintings weren’t just representations of life; they were also repositories of it. When shamans painted an eland, they didn’t just pay homage to a sacred animal; they also harnessed its essence. They put paint to rock and opened portals to the spirit world. In 1993, in a shallow cave in South Africa’s Drakensberg mountains, my colleagues Geoff Blundell and Sven Ouzman found a painting unlike anything else I’ve seen in my 40 years studying San art—a densely layered, 20-foot-long [6-meter-long] mural that gives us fresh insight into the spirit world of the Bushmen.
5. National Geographic Magazine
6. Arts of the San People in Nomansland
In a remote area of South Africa lies one of the last places San people painted. Situated just south and east of Lesotho, Nomansland was so called by the colonial authorities because virtually no settlers and very few Bantu-speaking people lived there. From a colonial perspective, the many San people who lived there were propertyless nomads because they lived by hunting and gathering and followed the movements of the game. ---