International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution
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'Bednarik RG, 1996: Crisis in Palaeolithic Art Studies. Anthropologie (Brno) 34, 1-2: 123-130'.
This review of recent developments in the study of Palaeolithic art explains some of the factors that have led to a crisis in confidence in this field. In particular, the mounting difficulties experienced with dating of rock art, the tenuous status of stylistic models, the inadequate understanding of taphonomic effects on palaeoart, and the selectiveness in what is considered and what is omitted are found to be major obstacles individually. However, collectively these and still other factors indicate that this field is reaching an alarming crisis level. Claims predicated on existing models, and especially on authority, are no longer necessarily viable, and there emerges a clear need for the discipline to subject itself to more rigorous review. Restraint in interpretation is required, and the introduction of scientific data acquisition and testing methods is advocated.
Palaeolithic art - Bias - Dating - Style - Iconity - Taphonomy - Fakes - Misidentification - Metamorphology - Scientific testing

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