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Riders on the Stone

Author(s): Ramon Valcarce ; Carlos Rodriguez-Rellan

Year: 2015

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Horse riding scenes are arguably about the most emblematic representations within post-paleolithic open air rock art in Galicia (NW Iberia). They have been used as a controversial chronological milestone, setting them somewhere between the Final Neolithic and the Iron Age. Such an iconography may be related to a shift in the Human/Nature relationship arising along the Late Prehistory. While not discarding they are showing real activities, we believe the riding scenes could be emphasizing a new interventionist attitude of the human groups on the environment. Such an empowering stance would be well reflected in the -otherwise bizarre- representations of deer riding. Moreover, horse riding images -together with the carvings of metallic weapons- seem to underline the rise of the male warrior in the framework of an increasingly divided society.

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Riders on the Stone. Ramon Valcarce, Carlos Rodriguez-Rellan. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395168)


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America