Next Interview to Inés Domingo. Discover the relevance of Prehistoric Art to understand the origins of visual communication and complex human behavior

Dr. Domigo is an ICREA Research Professor (Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies) at the Department of Prehistory, Ancient History and Archaeology (University of Barcelona).  Dr. Domingo’s research is conducted in the framework of SERP (Prehistoric Studies and Research Seminar). Her current research focuses on two independent but interconnected research lines: the study of prehistoric art in the Iberian Peninsula and the ethnoarchaeological study of australian Indigenous rock art. She is also interested in increasing public awareness of the values of rock art to ensure the long term preservation of this heritage.

ArcheoScience will interview Inés Domingo at the end of April as a launch of our new section “ArcheoScience Talks”.

We will talk about the relevance of Prehistoric Art to understand the origins of visual communication and complex human behavior, as well as the significance of this cultural heritage in the XXI century. Our journey will begin talking about the origins of art and its evolution and the analysis of different techniques. We will discuss what impulsed our ancestors to start placing these markings on natural stones. We will also try to understand what were they painting or how, and where are the main places discovered so far.

The study of Rock Art today is conducted mixing multidisciplinary perspectives, including from the more traditional archaeological analysis and classification methods, to new digital recording techniques (2D digital tracings, 3D photogrammetry and laser scanner), new dating methods or physico-chemical analysis to identify the natural and mineral compounds and recipes used to produce pigments.

Finally it’s important to be aware of the historical, artistic and cultural significance of this Prehistoric Art. Thus, we will explore the procedures used today to guaranty their conservation, direct and inderect protective measures (legislation, enclousures, and so forth) and protocols to control public access to the sites.

This will be an exciting interview and ArcheoScience wants to share it with you all. We also offer you the opportunity to participate in this interview sending your own questions. You can post them in the “ArcheoScience Talks”  group within the community within the discussion forum “Interview to Inés Domingo. Discover the relevance of Prehistoric Art to understand the origins of visual communication and complex human behavior (April 2014)

 

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