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中国岩画研究中心始建于1992年,创始人为我国著名岩画专家陈兆复教授。中国岩画研究中心是国际岩画组织联合会的会员组织之一,主要从事中国境内岩画资料搜集整理及学术研究工作,也密切关注世界岩画研究事业的最新动态。中国岩画研究中心现任主任张亚莎教授是国际岩画组织联合会的中国代表,国际史前及原史科学协会会员。同时,也是《岩画研究》(澳大利亚)、《文学和艺术研究期刊》(美国)等国际学术期刊的评审人。张亚莎教授的主要学术研究领域为艺术史、藏族艺术和岩画。目前,中国岩画研究中心每年招收3名硕士研究生和1—2名博士研究生

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石器时代的动画片/Stone Age Cartoons  

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编者按:《北欧科学消息》于2012310日发表一篇署名为汉内·雅各布森的题为《石器时代的动画片》的文章,文章中称在俄罗斯北部的卡诺泽罗岛遍布1 000多幅岩刻,其中一块岩石可以击碎千年燧石。

Editor’s note: Authored by Hanne Jakobsen, the article titled Stone Age Cartoons was published on March 10, 2012, in ScienceNordic, in which more than 1 000 rock carvings have been said to abound on Kanozero Island in Northern Russia, with one of them beating The Flintstones by several millennia.

 

 

Featured objects are usually displayed in museums. But sometimes there are relics that can’t be put on exhibition – as is the case with one that is hidden deep in the Russian forests.

 

Knowing that there were rock carvings on some islands in Lake Kanozero, and Jan Magne Gjerde, project manager at the Troms? University Museum, went out there to document them as part of his doctoral work. When he and his colleagues were done, the number of known petroglyphs had risen from 200 to over 1,000.

 

“I still get chills up my spine when I talk about it because it was such an emotional experience finding these carvings,” says Gjerde. “No matter how much I explore over the next 50 years, chances are close to zero that I’ll ever find anything comparable.”

 

Join a 5,000-year-old bear hunt

In the summer of 2005, Gjerde drove more than 5,300 kilometres east to Lake Kanozero. Together with Russian colleagues he discovered what he calls some of the world’s oldest animated cartoons.

 

“Petroglyphs are found at four sites in the area ? on three islands and on a stone block on the lakeshore. The oldest ones are from the Stone Age and 5,000 to 6,000 years old,” explains Gjerde.

 

The main site is on the island of Kanozero.

 

According to Gjerde, these aren’t like the petroglyphs they are used to seeing, depicting one moose or one deer. These are fantastic cartoons presenting entire episodes. For example the one they found at the main site, which depicts a bear hunt.

 

He describes in detail a hunter who is heading uphill on skis and tracking a bear. The ski tracks are just as one would expect for someone going up a slope with a good distance between the strides. The hunter then gets his feet together, skis down a slope, stops, removes his skis, takes four steps – and plunges his spear into the bear.

 

“This is the oldest example of a cartoon petroglyph we know of, at least in Northern Europe, so it was utterly thrilling to get the chance to be part of this discovery,” he says.

 

Testifying to a rich society

Gjerde and his colleagues camped in a tent on Kanozero for ten days while documenting the discoveries. Time flies when you suddenly have to make ten times as many drawings as you expected.

 

They marked off the figures in chalk and then traced this onto plastic sheets, which could be brought back home and properly photographed and documented.

 

Gjerde admits that the task was challenging at times because it would suddenly start raining, and drawing on wet plastic with a felt pen isn’t all that easy.

 

“Actually I didn’t have enough plastic sheeting with me because I had only expected 200 petroglyphs, not a thousand. It was pretty frustrating at times and I used all my clothes and everything I had of paper to dry off the plastic.”

 

The figures depicted in the Lake Kanozero rock carvings include moose, boats, whales, humans, harpoon lines, beavers and all kinds of other ordinary and extraordinary images and scenes from the distant past.

 

And this isn’t artwork that was easy to make.

 

“Look for instance at this whale,” he says. “It’s over a metre long and the entire figure is hewn out in full depth. This says something about the lifestyle of the people who made the carvings. It must have been a fairly rich society because to make such grand petroglyphs you need your share of leisure time.”

 

Just showing off?

The purpose of the petroglyphs is a matter of debate. Were they illustrations to stories, did they have a religious significance or were there other reasons why these prehistoric people carved images of themselves and their deeds into the bedrock?

 

“We don’t know for sure why they did this, but boasting about a successful hunt is still something we do. This could be evidence of bragging in the Stone Age. It would be a lot better to come home with a tale of killing a bear than bringing back a hare.”

 

He thinks there was probably there was more to it than just bragging, but when you catch a 1,300 kg beluga whale, your food supply is secured for weeks.

 

“It’s not hard to understand that they wanted to boast about something like that.”

 

5,000-year interval erased

“We can excavate a settlement or find arrowheads but we usually don’t have direct evidence of what sort of animals have been hunted with such weapons,” says Gjerde, as he points to a figure of harpoon lines which indicate that the people had been out on the White Sea hunting whales.

 

Most of the petroglyphs were still covered in sod when Gjerde and his colleagues arrived. So much of their time was spent removing this turf and washing the uncovered rock.

Gjerde says their efforts were like erasing the time interval of 5,000 years.

 

It was like burying a snapshot today and someone in the distant future would get a notion of what was going on when you were alive.

 

“These people, at this spot, documented part of their lives and I was fortunate to be one of the first people in 5,000 years to see it,” he says.

 

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A diagram of all the petroglyphs that were found on the main field at Kanozero. (Photo: Jan Magne Gjerde)

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 The carvings covered in plastic for record purposes. (Photo: Jan Magne Gjerde)

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 Detail from the rock carvings: A beaver.(Photo: Jan Magne Gjerde)

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 Two carvings outlined with chalk. (Photo: Jan Magne Gjerde)

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 Uncovering treasures from the past (Photo: Jan Magne Gjerde)

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 When Jan Magne Gjerde set foot on an island in Lake Kanozero, he had no idea he’d be getting over 1,000 petroglyphs to work with. (Photo: Jan Magne Gjerde)

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 This bear hunt has been recorded for all time in bedrock. (Drawing and photo: Jan Magne Gjerde)

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 Each of the sheets in this photo is a metre wide, making the entire whaling scene three metres long. (Photo: Jan Magne Gjerde)

 

 

(Source: http://sciencenordic.com/stone-age-cartoons)

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