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Title: Arte Rupestre de Angola: Um contributo para o seu estudo numa abordagem à arqueologia do território
Authors: Martins, Cristina Augusta Pombares da Silva
Advisor: Oosterbeek, Luiz
Keywords: História-- Angola
Arqueologia-- Angola
Arte Rupestre-- Angola
Etnologia-- Angola
Issue Date: 2008
Abstract: The Republic of Angola is a country in south-central Africa with a territory of 1 246 700 km2, bordering Namibia to the south, Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north and northeast, Zambia to the east and with a west coast along the Atlantic Ocean. The enclave province of Cabinda has a border with the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Angola has a vast and diverse archaeological wealth, but barely studied in recent decades due to the conflict that has been devastating the country for almost thirty years This country had a singular human evolution over the millennium - the occupation of desert places, the mixing of different ethnic cultures and the adoption of Bantu people`s culture. Archaeological traces as buildings in stone (e.g. tombs, walls) lithics’ artefacts, rock art, ceramics, metallurgy and some fossils were made known mainly during the twentieth century, until the middle of the 70`s. However, the principal subject of this work is rock art. A view of the Angolan artistic events,shows that they go far beyond the rock art; many other (masks, body paintings, for example) are given to know through the reports of the first Europeans to come to that country, and by the traces which were found (e.g.: Fragments of sculptures or pipes). The rock art manifests itself in the form of painting and engraving, very diversified either on the motif that it presents, the chronology or the places where it appears – open-air or in shelters. There are 34 sites listed, although some require confirmation and there are others to be added. This work aims to be the beginning of an investigation that from now on will be developed in Angolan territory. In this sense, it involves the development of a specific research project to be presented to the competent authorities. This project involves a continuous and systematic search of the Angolan archaeological heritage, which will lead to its preservation and will increase people's knowledge about it.
Description: Dissertação de Mestrado em Quaternário e Pré-história
Document Type: Master Thesis
Appears in Collections:OLD - Dissertações de Mestrado

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