Jean Clottes
Margret W. Conkey
Francesco d'Errico
Henry de Lumley-Woodyear
Merlin W. Donald
Christopher Stuart Henshilwood
David Lewis-Williams
Paul Anthony Mellars
Steven J. Mithen
Jane M. Renfrew
Paul S. C. Taçon
J. Wentzel van Huyssteen
Keith Ward

ABOVE ANIMATION#1: The Alpine ibex shown fighting on the wall of a part of Lascaux known as the Axial Gallery are drawn in black (animal on left) and dots of yellow (animal on right). Between them is a rectangular symbol. Above them and to the left of the black ibex are horses, the most numerous of all the animals depicted in Lascaux.

Courtesy of Serge deSazo/Rapho


ABOVE ANIMATION#2:The largest African antelope, the eland, is depicted in many representational paintings in southern Africa. The animals, like these from Natal Drakensberg above, play an important role in the beliefs of San Bushmen.

Courtesy of Jean Clottes


ABOVE ANIMATION#3:In Lascaux’s Axial Gallery, small horses, similar to Prjwalski’s horses that could still be found in the nineteenth century in the steppes of Mongolia, gallop across the ceiling. The segment pictured above is part of a grand composition.

Courtesy of Serge deSazo/Rapho

Margaret W. Conkey is the Class of 1960 Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. She brings a feminist perspective to the interpretation of Paleolithic art and, more generally, to the study of archaeology and prehistoric societies. For more than a decade, she has carried out field research in the French Midi-Pyrénées intended to contextualize the rich archaeological evidence of art and material culture found in the region’s caves. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Dr. Conkey earned a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Chicago in 1978. After teaching at San Jose State University for six years, she joined the anthropology faculty of SUNY/Binghamton in 1982, where she also served as co-director of Women’s Studies. She accepted an associate professorship in anthropology at Berkeley in 1987 and was named to her present chair ten years later. Dr. Conkey has been a visiting fellow at the University of Cape Town, organized numerous symposia and conferences, and presented invited lectures throughout the United States and in Australia, Norway, South Africa, and France. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the France-Berkeley Fund, and the University of California. Currently president of the Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), Dr. Conkey also serves on the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the Grotte Chauvet Research Project. She formerly served as chair of the AAA’s Association for Feminist Anthropology, on the AAA’s executive board, and on the executive committee of its Archaeology Unit, as well as on the executive board of the Society for American Archaeology. The recipient of an honorary degree from Mount Holyoke and the Educational Initiatives Award and a Distinguished Teaching Award from Berkeley, she was elected as a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. Dr. Conkey was formerly an associate editor of Current Anthropology and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Material Culture, Archaeological Method and Theory, Reviews in Anthropology, and the Social Archaeology Series of Blackwell Publishers. In addition to some fifty articles in scientific journals and book chapters, she is the co-editor of three books, including (with Christine Hastorf) The Uses of Style in Archaeology (1990) and (with Joan Greco) Engendering Archaeology (1991). A volume she is editing with Alison Wylie, Doing Archaeology as a Feminist, will be published in 2004 by the School for American Research Press. The University of California Press will publish her Paleovisions: Interpretations and the Visual Culture of Late Ice Age Europe, which she expects to complete during her 2004-05 tenure as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral and Social Sciences in Stanford, California.

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