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Think of prehistoric rock art and our thoughts are diverted towards the cave sites of Lascaux in south west France or Altamira in northern Spain.
Yet within the British Isles is a large assemblage of rock art, mainly in open-air locations that numbers around 6,000 individual sites.
This one-day lecture will trace the origins of this unique archaeological phenomenon, focusing on a number of sites that reveal something of the mindset of prehistoric communities who created, venerated and worshipped these enigmatic places and the landscapes in which they stand.
Led by Dr George Nash, archaeologist and specialist in prehistoric and contemporary art, Erasmus Mundus Professor of the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, convener of the Welsh Rock Art Organisation and former Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Bristol.
Archaeological study days
Bristol Museum has run a programme of study days since 2013 and an archaeological field school since 2019. Profits from study days and the field school help support the work of Bristol Museum.
Study Days are based at Bristol Museum, Blaise Museum or M Shed. Each session focusses on a different aspect of archaeology and is led by an expert in their field. Depending on the subject, the day usually involves a mix of illustrated presentations, practical activities, behind the scenes tours and/or a chance to study collections not usually on display.
All sessions are suitable for complete beginners to those who have studied archaeology before but are keen to find out more. They are open to everyone aged 16 and over.
The study day programme and field schools are directed by Kate Iles, Curator of Archaeology. For more information or to join our mailing list please contact [email protected]