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An alternative chronology for the art of Chauvet cave.

Pettitt, Paul and Bahn, Paul (2015) 'An alternative chronology for the art of Chauvet cave.', Antiquity., 89 (345). pp. 542-553.

Abstract

It is now 20 years since the discovery of the Grotte Chauvet with its impressive cave art, but controversy continues over the antiquity of the images. Radiocarbon assays have been used to argue that the ‘black series’ charcoal drawings date to the Aurignacian period, more than 20 000 years earlier than traditional stylistic models would suggest. This paper questions the validity of the radiometric dating and cautions against reliance solely on the date of the charcoal. Instead, the authors propose an alternative chronology for the art of Chauvet based on stylistic comparanda, palaeontological remains and stratigraphic evidence.

Item Type:Article
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2015.21
Publisher statement:This article has been published in a revised form in Antiquity https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2015.21. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Antiquity Publications Ltd, 2015.
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:08 August 2017
Date of first online publication:05 June 2015
Date first made open access:No date available

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