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Crteži na nalazima iz Šandalje II: mogućnost simboličnog izričaja


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Čujkević-Plečko, Mia. (2016). Crteži na nalazima iz Šandalje II: mogućnost simboličnog izričaja. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Archaeology. [mentor Karavanić, Ivor].

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Geometric motifs are very common in Upper Paleolithic. They can be found engraved on objects or painted/engraved on cave walls. They are widespread and are found in Europe (Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Croatia), Africa, North and South America and Asia. In Croatia geometric motifs are known from two sites – Vlakno on Dugi otok and Šandalja II in Istria. In this thesis, eight artifacts from Šandalja II are discussed. Artifacts can be divided in two separate categories – simple and complex according to the way they were made. Interpretations of these engraved objects are various and in this thesis it is suggested that they were of symbolic nature. Recently, geometric motifs have been garnering a lot of attention from archaeologists and presently there are multiple theories about possible function of said motifs. Among the pioneers who offered possible explanations is Alexander Marshack for whom the engravings on the artifacts are the indisputable proof that the communities of UP were keeping track of lunar changes. Lewis-Williams and Dowson offered another explanation in terms of entoptic phenomenon and their theory can explain the widespread distribution of geometric motifs. On the other hand, G. von Petzinger proposed in her research that these geometric motifs could be the first steps of early graphic communication.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: geometric motifs, symbolic, Šandalja II, entoptic phenomenon, graphic communication
Subjects: Archaeology
Departments: Department of Archaeology
Supervisor: Karavanić, Ivor
Date Deposited: 15 May 2017 11:29
Last Modified: 15 May 2017 11:29

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