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Book Review ,,Bubalin" und ,,Bovidien" in Südmarokko: Kontext, Klassifikation und Chronologie der Felsbilder im mittleren Draa-Tal. By Renate Heckendorf. Forschungen zur Archäologie Außereuropäischer Kulturen 6, Reichert Verlag, Wiesbaden, 2008, 331 pp. + CD-ROM. ISBN 978-3-89500-646-3. EUR 69.00. The beginnings of rock art research in North Africa might be dated at July 6, 1850, when Heinrich Barth as the first European discovered Saharan petroglyphs in the Libyan Messak. Since these pictures showed bovines they inspired Barth to make assumptions about past ecological conditions (BaRth 1857: 215­218) and set the frame for further research that ever since tries to draw conclusions from the presence of these animals in the art. To the debate about climatic change in the Sahara and the parallel cultural responses and adaptations Renate Heckendorf adds a thorough study of a restricted area in south-eastern Morocco in the socalled pre-Sahara. As the title of the study points out, she wants to shed light on the problem of the "Bubalin" corpus of art as opposed to the "Bovidien" art which in traditional views on Saharan prehistory are meant to designate a hunter-gatherer period (with the key motif Bubalus antiquus, the wild buffalo or aurochs) and the pastoralist period (with domesticated http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

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Brill
Copyright
© Copyright 2009 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1612-1651
eISSN
2191-5784
DOI
10.3213/1612-1651-10123
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Abstract

,,Bubalin" und ,,Bovidien" in Südmarokko: Kontext, Klassifikation und Chronologie der Felsbilder im mittleren Draa-Tal. By Renate Heckendorf. Forschungen zur Archäologie Außereuropäischer Kulturen 6, Reichert Verlag, Wiesbaden, 2008, 331 pp. + CD-ROM. ISBN 978-3-89500-646-3. EUR 69.00. The beginnings of rock art research in North Africa might be dated at July 6, 1850, when Heinrich Barth as the first European discovered Saharan petroglyphs in the Libyan Messak. Since these pictures showed bovines they inspired Barth to make assumptions about past ecological conditions (BaRth 1857: 215­218) and set the frame for further research that ever since tries to draw conclusions from the presence of these animals in the art. To the debate about climatic change in the Sahara and the parallel cultural responses and adaptations Renate Heckendorf adds a thorough study of a restricted area in south-eastern Morocco in the socalled pre-Sahara. As the title of the study points out, she wants to shed light on the problem of the "Bubalin" corpus of art as opposed to the "Bovidien" art which in traditional views on Saharan prehistory are meant to designate a hunter-gatherer period (with the key motif Bubalus antiquus, the wild buffalo or aurochs) and the pastoralist period (with domesticated

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Journal of African ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Nov 1, 2009

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