Body art and archaeological theory

13th January 2014

Gender specific cicatrices on the arm of Paddy Babu (published in Australian Archaeology 44:53).

Gender specific cicatrices on the arm of Paddy Babu (published in Australian Archaeology 44:53).

Claire Smith

Introduction*

In my current research project, an ethnoarchaeological study of indigenous body art, I isolate a single art genre, body art, and consider its stylistic variation across a range of Australasian occur across cultures. This knowledge can be used to more securely identify and evaluate such relationships in archaeological contexts. At a later stage, this study will compare patterning in body art with that in other art forms, such as rock art. Rock art is crucial for such a project since this increases the time depth of the study and its relevance for archaeological analysis.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Smith, C.
Body art and archaeological theory
June 1997
44
53–54
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