Kult ― przestrzeń ― pamięć

Tom 12 (2011)

Przestrzeń peripersonalna w jaskiniach paleolitycznych

Strony: 215 - 233


Peripersonal space in palaeolithic caves


Animal images in Palaeolithic caves challenge modern archeology, anthropology and performing studies. All attempts to explain these powerful images — from hunting magic to shamanistic hypothesis — are hotly debated. This article proposes to suspend the problematic inquiry into the intentions of Prehistoric artists and instead to focus on the cave performances. Groundbreaking discoveries in neuroscience revolutionize our knowledge of human behavior and stimulate new applications of recent brain studies. The article contributes to interdisciplinary model of cultural studies by referring to mirror neurons in reconstructing performances performed by anonymous artists in the French caves Chauvet and Pech Merle 32,000–22,000 years ago.