An Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month Event
Stone Age Cinema (France, 52 min.)
According to groundbreaking discoveries, our prehistoric ancestors may have invented the concept while drawing on their walls. Over the past 150 years, we have discovered many examples of amazing prehistoric art, most of which are fascinating representations of animals. Today, a new reading of these paintings and engravings has revealed the existence of numerous cases of the breakdown of movement. A horse painting from the Lascaux caves in France, for example, is made up of many versions of the animal representing different positions of movement. Director and archaeologist Marc Azema extracts these individual images and displays them in succession, demonstrating how they play back like a cartoon. This documentary takes us right back to the beginnings of man’s artistic heritage to discover these graphic narratives, in a unique investigation into the cultural DNA of humanity.
The Camp Verde showing will be followed by a Question and Answer session with Dr. Kelley Hays-Gilpin, Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University, and Curator of Anthropology at the Museum of Northern Arizona. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, and has visited some of the sites described in this film.