Reality and non-reality in San rock art
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Reality and non-reality in San rock art twenty-fifth Raymond Dart lecture delivered 6 October 1987 by J. David Lewis-Williams

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Published by Witwatersrand University Press for the Institute for the Study of Man in Africa in Johannesburg .
Written in English



  • Africa, Southern,
  • Africa, Southern.


  • Art, San,
  • San (African people) -- Antiquities.,
  • Rock paintings -- Africa, Southern.,
  • Petroglyphs -- Africa, Southern.,
  • Africa, Southern -- Antiquities.

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 23-24)

StatementJ.D. Lewis-Williams.
SeriesRaymond Dart lectures,, lecture 25
ContributionsInstitute for the Study of Man in Africa.
LC ClassificationsDT1058.S36 L48 1988
The Physical Object
Pagination25 p. :
Number of Pages25
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1606088M
ISBN 101868140245
LC Control Number91143492

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