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CRESO: Cognition and Representation of Self and the Other in North African Rock Art.

Total cost: EUR 195 454,8

EU contribution: EUR 195 454,8

Topic(s):MSCA-IF-2015-EF - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF-EF)

Call for proposal:H2020-MSCA-IF-2015See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:MSCA-IF-EF-ST - Standard EF

Objective: Before it became desert, the so-called Green Sahara was maintained by wetter conditions during the Early and Mid-Holocene periods (ca. 9500 to 3500 BC). Prehistoric groups have painted numerous scenes and motifs, especially in the Saharan massifs such as Ahaggar, Tassili, Messak, Acacus, Ar, Tibesti, Ennedi, Gilf el-Kebir and Jebel Uweinat, from Westto East. Rock art of this ~optimum~ encompasses a wide range of representations, in which images of the human body and social life are at a very high proportion, compared to rock art traditions of other parts of the world. As such, it is a unique corpus for studying body perception and depiction in the late Prehistory. Until today, the potential of the corpus is still under-explored in terms of human and cultural thought, systems of meanings and social dimensions. The objective is to get Saharan rock art studies beyond typology, style and dating to actually learn about the meanings involved, particularly on the body and on identity. It aims to review prehistoric paintings of humans in the perspective of what they tell to us about perception and representation of the body, of Self and of the group. Beyond, the research question posed is How prehistoric groups of North Africa have built images of their identity and social being?. The CRESO project is based on rock art data already collected in the Saharan massifs. The research questions focus on body conception and human relationships throughout a period of profound ecological and socio-economic changes, and on generic and symbolic representations and what they tell of the worldviews of the painters. Two approaches will be applied, (1) at a large scale with a database and GIS platform, and (2) on a small subset in which images will be excavated through a very detailed analysis. At the crossroads of several disciplines including cognitive archaeology and palaeosociology, CRESO is expected to renew the research issues in North African rock art studies.

Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 195 454,8

Project completion date : 2018-09-30 12:00:00

Major organization : THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

Address : Trinity Lane The Old Schools

Cb2 1tn Cambridge

Country :United Kingdom

Email : https://www.cam.ac.uk/

Financier : European Union (EU),

Financier address : European Union (EU)

Rue de la Loi 200/Wetstraat 200,

B-1049 Bruxelles/Brussels,

Belgium

Tel: 32-2-2999696, 2993085

Fax: 32-2-2961749

Url: ec.europa.eu/

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