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Reasoning processes in prehistoric art interpretation

Abstract : Since the 19th century, the authors of suggested explanations to figure out prehistoric art have tried to convince the scientific community of the legitimacy of their interpretation. To these means, they have resorted to different types of reasoning —the deduction, induction and abduction— that I here analyse on the basis of some famous examples. I will see how the intellectual approach has changed since the beginning of prehistoric archaeology, although the reasoning modes have remained the same.
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Sophie A. de Beaune. Reasoning processes in prehistoric art interpretation. Primitiva Bueno-Ramírez; Paul G. Bahn. Prehistoric Art as Prehistoric Culture Studies in Honour of Professor Rodrigo de Balbín-Behrmann, Archaeopress Archaeology, p. 25-29, 2015. ⟨halshs-02063042⟩

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