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Good stuff! If you are looking for something more ...
on 12 November 2014
If you are looking for a book that is a compile of the historical figures that discovered these caves, and their life story, their struggles and infighting of being recognized in their fields, this is the book you want. The documents seem to be written within their life time. Good stuff!
If you are looking for something more contemporary, this might not be the book you're looking for. This is, from start to finish, a historical piece. In the first chapter, where he is clearly stating his step by step journey into the wonderful world of cave art, he makes statements that are coming out of the mind set of the 50s and 60s. That's fine, as far as it goes, it's his views and he can state them.
The problem(s) I had with the writing, is he did not fact check. He must have written it in late 50s early 60s, and wasn't too clear then what was going on. He published recently without verifying anything might have changed. I've been studying this subject for 50 years myself, I recognize the patter. I see he's not bothered to keep up with new findings, research or verified data. This was painful to read, and I stopped before I threw the book. That was not the spine I wanted to break.
tl;dr This is a HISTORICAL book, it is not current and you will not learn anything to help you understand cave paintings or the people who made them, with current scientific knowledge we now have.