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The First Drawing and Stone Age Boy - Episode 16

Two children's picturebooks are the subject of episode 16 of Prehi/stories. Picturebooks may be the first contact children have with prehistory, so we're looking at how two of the best, The First Drawing by Mordicai Gerstein and Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura, represent the remote past. In this episode my guests are Ghislaine Howard, a painter of powerful and expressive means whose works chart and interpret shared human experience. Her drawing Pregnant Self Portrait 1987 was part of the British Museum's exhibition Ice Age Art: arrival of the modern mind in 2013. I also talk to Andrew Needham, Associate Lecturer in Palaeolithic Archaeology and Post-Doctoral researcher on the Templeton funded 'Hidden Depths: The Ancestry of our Most Human Emotions' project at the University of York.

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A short film, Ice Age Art: The Female Gaze, featuring Ghislaine Howard can be found at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2hv2ssmB_MU

Ghislaine Howard: The Human Touch, Paintings Drawings and Prints 1980-2016, published by Manchester School of Art in association with Martin Heaps on March 16th 2017. For further information contact raffi@collectart.co.uk or visit www.ghislainehoward.com

Some of the following may be behind a paywall, but some are open access.
Women and Children in art
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10816-015-9265-8
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/div-classtitleevidence-for-cave-marking-by-palaeolithic-childrendiv/091A61EF12E5E703412D3CE9A49568DA
http://www.jstor.org/stable/43184971?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ojoa.12052/abstract

Pal Art beyond Europe
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440313000757
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S027737911630508X
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v514/n7521/full/nature13422.html
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0047248409000207
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/334/6053/219

Early Pal domestication of the dog
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1879981716301127
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440311003499

Neanderthal art
http://www.nature.com/news/neanderthals-made-some-of-europe-s-oldest-art-1.15805
http://www.pnas.org/content/111/37/13301.full
http://www.pnas.org/content/107/3/1023.full

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@kimbiddulph @schprehistory
Andrew Needham @andyneedhamarch
https://www.york.ac.uk/archaeology/research/research-students/needham/
http://york.academia.edu/AndyNeedham
Ghislaine Howard @ghislainehoward @ghislainehowar4
http://ghislainehoward.com/

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The Inheritors - Episode 15

Matthew Pope of UCL and Beccy Scott of the British Museum shed light on the extraordinary tale of the Neanderthal Lok and his extended family written by William Golding. Given the topic of Golding's more famous work, Lord of the Flies, it's not surprising that things get a bit vicious in this book too when some other kind of humans turn up. But were our ancestors really that vile?

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The People of the River by Michael Gear and Katheen O'Neal Gear - Episode 14

To move away from being totally Eurocentric, Prehi/stories takes a look at fiction set in North America. The People of the River is set in Cahokia in Illinois, and so I talk to Thomas Emerson, Director of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey and expert in the archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands, who gives the background reality of archaeological investigation to this story.

 

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Whitestone Stories by John R Barrett - Episode 11

A first for this podcast is to have the author of the book on to talk about it, so we welcome John R Barrett to Prehi/stories, and Brian Wilkinson, a community archaeologist from Scotland where the book is based. The Whitestone Stories is a children's book but well worth the read for children of any age.

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