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

Jane M. Renfrew, a fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University, is an archaeologist and palaeoethnobotanist interested in the identification of plant remains from archaeological sites and what they can reveal about the diet of prehistoric humans. Her textbook, Palaeoethnobotany: The Prehistoric Food Plants of the Near East and Europe (1973), was one of the earliest in a field that has become recognized during the past thirty-five years as an integral part of archaeological investigation. Dr. Renfrew’s association with Lucy Cavendish College began twenty years ago, and for three years, she served as vice president of the college. She is currently its De Brye College Lecturer in Archaeology, as well as its director of Studies in Archaeology and Anthropology, and an affiliated lecturer in Cambridge’s Department of Archaeology. Educated at the Casterton School and New College, Cambridge, she received her Ph.D. in archaeology from Cambridge in 1969. Dr. Renfrew was a lecturer in archaeology in the Department of Ancient History at the University of Sheffield from 1967 to 1972 and then a visiting lecturer at the University of Southampton. After returning to Cambridge in 1981, she served for three years as president of the International Work Group for Palaeoethnobotany, as vice president of the Prehistory Society, and for many years as a judge for the British Archaeological Awards. A former trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew and Wakehurst Place, she is currently one of the syndics of the University Botanical Garden, Cambridge. She is also a trustee of the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust. The editor of New Light on Early Farming: Recent Developments in Palaeoethnobotany (1991), she is the author of Food and Clothing in Prehistoric Britain (1985) and Food and Clothing in Roman Britain (1985). Her most recent works are two co-authored books, A Taste of History: Ten Thousand Years of Food in Britain (with Peter Brears, Maggie Black, Gorge Corbishley, and Jennifer Stead), published in 1993 by the British Museum Press, and Rus in Urbe: A History of Chaucer Road and Latham Road, Two Rural Roads in Cambridge (with Magnus Renfrew and John Rose), published in 1996 by SOLACHRA.


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