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DEFINITION OF STUDIES OF LOWER AND MIDDLE PALEOLITHIC

Pietro Gaietto


On 24 November 2002 on this magazine I had published the discovery ( 2001) of an anthropomorphic sculpture that I had found at Borzonasca (Italy). My article was entitled A HUMAN PORTRAIT CARVED 200,000 YEARS AGO DESCRIBED BY MEANS OF THE DIDACTICS OF THE ARCHEOARTOLOGY "
The new was published in 2003 by Dr.David Whitehouse in the BBC news website,section Science, and was disseminated through the Internet.
The interest in sculpture of Borzonasca, thanks to the BBC, was also significantly increase the number of visitors of this Magazine and of the Museum of the Origins of Man, which I direct, overcoming in a week many thousands of visits from every continent.
This shows that art and the spiritual culture of prehistoric man interest a public more numerous than that interested in the Paleolithic stone tools.
In 2002 they were in vogue new disciplines as Archeoastronomy and other just born, so we decided to call Archeoartology the studies of the art of Lower and Middle Paleolithic. This, in an attempt to give them greater evidence, even towards palaeoethnologists , who are interested only in material culture. In fact, even today, the paleoethnologists collaborating with encyclopedias, trace the origin of the Palaeolithic period not over 30,000 years ago, when authoritative scholars have discovered and dated art (lithic sculptures) until three million years.
This also demonstrates the great gap of interests in the same discipline among scholars of material and spiritual culture. It should not be so. It's still the man who has produced prehistoric tools and sculptures.
Recently, we scholars of art of lower and middle Paleolithic realized that the name of Archeoartology as defining a new discipline, was no useful, and we have abolished it.
Please note, therefore, that studies of Paleolithic and spiritual culture of prehistoric man, as by us set, are an integral part of paleoethnology, the science that studies the culture of prehistoric peoples.



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