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

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 CRESO project word cloud

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2018-12-31


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 Project 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, Aïr, Tibesti, Ennedi, Gilf el-Kebir and Jebel Uweinat, from West to 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.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Emmanuelle Honoré
15e congrès de l’Association panafricaine d’archéologie, de préhistoire et disciplines associées
published pages: , ISSN: 2431-2045, DOI: 10.4000/aaa.1863
Afrique: Archéologie & Arts 14 2019-07-26
2017 Manuel Gutierrez, Emmanuelle Honoré
L’art rupestre d’Afrique. Actualité de la recherche (2016). Actes du colloque international, Paris (15-17 janvier 2014), M. Gutierrez & E. Honoré (dir.), université Paris 1, centre Panthéon & musée du quai Branly, Paris, L’Harmattan
published pages: 121, ISSN: 2431-2045, DOI: 10.4000/aaa.1056
Afrique: Archéologie & Arts 13 2019-07-26
2017 Emmanuelle Honoré
Prehistoric landmarks in contrasted territories: Rock art of the Libyan Desert massifs, Egypt
published pages: , ISSN: 1040-6182, DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2017.06.068
Quaternary International 2019-07-26

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