Perspectives on Differences in Rock Art - Jan Magne Gjerde

Perspectives on Differences in Rock Art - Jan Magne Gjerde

Prehistoric Deep-sea Exploitation: Visual Clues of the Rock Art of the White Sea and Alta

Perspectives on Differences in Rock Art - Jan Magne Gjerde

Liliana Janik [+-]
University of Cambridge
Dr Liliana Janik is Assistant Director of Research, Deputy Director of the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre and Fellow of Girton College, University of Cambridge.She leads research projects in Japan and Russia. She specialises in prehistoric art: rock art, sculpture, and neuroaesthetic approaches to art, as well as heritage of the landscape.

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The antiquity of deep-sea hunting in the northern hemisphere is evidenced by historical and ethnographic records. However, the chronological depth of such practices is still being discussed. To try and establish when marine hunting and fishing started, this paper examines the visual indicators of such practices in the prehistoric rock art of northern Europe, focusing on the deep-sea hunting of beluga whales, the fishing of halibut, and the use of harpoons, floats and lines-and-hooks. The examples presented suggest that North European prehistoric communities practised deep-sea hunting over 7,000 years ago, in Alta, Norway, and the White Sea region of Russia.

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Janik, Liliana. Prehistoric Deep-sea Exploitation: Visual Clues of the Rock Art of the White Sea and Alta. Perspectives on Differences in Rock Art. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 218-228 Apr 2021. ISBN 9781781795606. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=31917. Date accessed: 27 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.31917. Apr 2021

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