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Paintings in Atlantic Megalithic Art: Barnenez

Primitiva Bueno Ramirez
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Rodrigo De Balbin Behrmann
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Philippe Gouézin
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Rosa Barroso Bermejo
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Antonio Hernanz Gismero
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Jose M. Gavira-Vallejo
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Mercedes Iriarte Cela
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The use of technique is usually considered in European megalithic art as an indicator of the level of culture sophistication attained by a particular community. Traditionally, it was considered that only the Iberian Peninsula is home to painted dolmens. The analysis of chamber H of the Barnenez tumulus together with some information scattered over the continent, prove that painting was part of the graphic programs in the most archetypal Atlantic sites, such as Brittany. A highly rewarding panorama appears for European megalithic art with potential new readings. The most suitable method of detecting paintings and interpreting them in funerary contexts must be reviewed.

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hal-01147555 , version 1 (30-04-2015)



Primitiva Bueno Ramirez, Rodrigo De Balbin Behrmann, Luc Laporte, Philippe Gouézin, Rosa Barroso Bermejo, et al.. Paintings in Atlantic Megalithic Art: Barnenez. Trabajos de Prehistoria, 2012, 69 (1), pp.123-132. ⟨10.3989/tp.2012.12083⟩. ⟨hal-01147555⟩
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