The spatial organisation of engraved signs in the Neolithic passage tombs of Ireland

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Abstract

Irish passage tomb art is composed exclusively of abstract signs and is generally considered as an unstructured set. But a spatial analysis of the iconography shows a real organisation of the signs. The study, undertaken on more than 630 carved stones distributed in 30 sites, points several recurring positions of motifs in the complex architecture of the tombs. It is thus possible to define a « syntax » ruling the layout of the signs in different scales of the funerary space.
Translated title of the contributionThe spatial organisation of engraved signs in the Neolithic passage tombs of Ireland
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationL’art des sociétés préhistoriques. Rencontres internationales doctorants et post-doctorants. Actes du colloque international de Toulouse
EditorsCarole Fritz, Raphaelle Bourillon, Stéphane Pétrognani, Diego Garate, George Sauvet
PublisherSociété préhistorique Ariège-Pyrénées
Pages117-126
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NamePréhistoire, Art et Sociétés
VolumeXLIV

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