Making Time, Timing Art: Image and Process in Neolithic Britain and Ireland

Perspectives on Differences in Rock Art - Jan Magne Gjerde

Andrew Meirion Jones [+-]
University of Southampton
Andrew Meirion Jones is Professor of Archaeology, University of Southampton, UK. He has taught and written extensively on the archaeology of art, particularly prehistoric rock art. His most recent book include An Animate Landscape (2011), The Archaeology of Art. Materials, Practices, Affects (2018) and Making a Mark. Image and process in Neolithic Britain and Ireland (2019).
Marta Diaz-Guardamino [+-]
Durham University
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Marta Díaz-Guardamino is Lecturer in Archaeology at Durham University, UK. Her research interests are in European prehistory and proto-history, archaeological theory, and digital technologies. She has studied prehistoric rock art, monumental sculpture and portable art from Iberia, Britain and Ireland. Her most recent books include The Lives of Prehistoric Monuments in Iron Age, Roman and Medieval Europe (2015) and Making a Mark. Image and process in Neolithic Britain and Ireland (2019).

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The visual imagery of Neolithic Britain and Ireland is spectacular. While the imagery of Irish passage tombs is well known the rich imagery on decorated portable artefacts is less well understood. How does the visual imagery found on decorated portable artefacts compare with other Neolithic imagery, such as passage tomb art and rock art? This paper reports on the early stages of the 'Making a Mark' project (running from 2013-2018) which uses cutting edge digital imaging techniques, including Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and structure-from-motion-photogrammetry, to examine Neolithic portable decorated artefacts of chalk, stone and antler from southern and eastern England. Digital analysis revealed - for the first time - the existence of practices of erasure and reworking. These practices are compared with the evidence from passage tombs and rock art.

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Jones, Andrew; Diaz-Guardamino, Marta. Making Time, Timing Art: Image and Process in Neolithic Britain and Ireland. Perspectives on Differences in Rock Art. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Nov 2020. ISBN 9781781795606. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=31918. Date accessed: 21 Sep 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.31918. Nov 2020

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