I disegni della celebre grotta di Chauvet sono stati fatti risalire a un periodo compreso fra 30 mila e 36 mila anni fa. Le incisioni e i dipinti di Abri Castanet risalirebbero invece a 37 mila anni fa. Le testimonianze artistiche di Chauvet si trovano lontano dalle aree abitate, mentre le pitture e le incisioni di Abri Castanet sono associabili alla vita quotidiana, se si considera la presenza di ossa e denti di animale, attrezzi e ornamenti.
Andrea Mameli 20 maggio 2012 www.linguaggiomacchina.it
Titolo Context and dating of Aurignacian vulvar representations from Abri Castanet, France
Autori Randall White, Romain Mensan, Raphaëlle Bourrillon, Catherine Cretin, Thomas F. G. Higham, Amy E. Clark, Matthew L. Sisk, Elise Tartar, Philippe Gardère, Paul Goldberg, Jacques Pelegrin, Hélène Valladas, Nadine Tisnérat-Laborde, Jacques de Sanoit, Dominique Chambellan, Laurent Chiotti
Abstract We report here on the 2007 discovery, in perfect archaeological context, of part of the engraved and ocre-stained undersurface of the collapsed rockshelter ceiling from Abri Castanet, Dordogne, France. The decorated surface of the 1.5-t roof-collapse block was in direct contact with the exposed archaeological surface onto which it fell. Because there was no sedimentation between the engraved surface and the archaeological layer upon which it collapsed, it is clear that the Early Aurignacian occupants of the shelter were the authors of the ceiling imagery. This discovery contributes an important dimension to our understanding of the earliest graphic representation in southwestern France, almost all of which was discovered before modern methods of archaeological excavation and analysis. Comparison of the dates for the Castanet ceiling and those directly obtained from the Chauvet paintings reveal that the “vulvar” representations from southwestern France are as old or older than the very different wall images from Chauvet.
- Supporting Information Context and dating of Aurignacian vulvar representations from Abri Castanet, France (pnas.org)
- Anthropologists Discover Earliest Form of Wall Art New York University Press Review (May 14, 2012)
- Engravings of Female Genitalia May Be World's Oldest Cave Art Michael Balter, Science Magazine (14 May 2012).
- Why does the world’s oldest cave art show a vagina? Robert T. Gonzalez, io9 (15 May 2012)