International & Interdisciplinary Conference at the Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte Halle (Saale)
19th till 21st September 2019
What do we know about Mesolithic art? In the Late Glacial and early Postglacial period the naturalistic figurative graphic depictions of animals flourishing in Ice Age Europe disappeared more or less completely. A new style – abstract and geometric – emerged, carried out using fine incisions as well as pricked and drilled dots. It is mostly found on tools, personal ornaments and other portable artefacts. In addition, rock-engravings and sculptured and painted objects are also preserved from the Mesolithic. The motifs and patterns are limited in number and often occur regionally and supra-regionally, possibly including symbols, information and communications.
The conference aims to investigate the new significant and distinctive style of the Late Palaeolithic and Mesolithic hunter-fisher-gatherers. We will try to explore the possible reasons for its creation; its meaning, function and possible indications of the early origin of writing. Representations of the landscape seem to have been engraved, as well as pictorial messages from one human group to another.
The conference is addressed to archaeologists working on Mesolithic art but also to art historians, anthropologists, ethnologists and psychologists. You can download the conference programme.