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Interpretation of Neolithic Figurine Art



The stupendous human capability for learning distinguishes man from the rest of all genuses. In Early Prehistory, the evolution of his concept of the world’s function and of his own place in it can be tracked through the collection of artefacts that reflect his creative imagination. Human mind, thought and behaviour are approached by the interdisciplinary Cognitive Science, since a group of other sciences are involved.

According to many scholars, mental functions, ideas and language were directly connected to representational art. Consequently evaluation of archaeological data is the first stage for the research of mental evolution. Great attention must be given though to resemblances between ancient and modern practices, the latter being eventually delusive because time may have changed man’s concept of surrounding things and their meaning.

From the aspect of Molecular Biology, it is believed that man had a genetically codified memory and a cumulative experience activated by a stimulus, permitting him to give meaning to his dreams which were then projected as concrete depictions. This process was the cause for the discrimination of the genus Homo from all other genuses.

Technological achievements used by man in order to subject Nature to his needs and survive, group acceptance of concepts, as well as communication through practices and symbols constituted the reasons for his realizing the existence of uncontrolled powers and for his need to worship them. The above resulted to his religious behaviour.

Human capability for analogue thinking permitted his communication through visible or invisible sym-bols. Archaeological research attempts to identify and interpret them, with the great support of plastic arts.

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