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Associate Professor David Pearce

Position DIRECTOR: RARI
QualificationsBSc, BScHons, MSc, PhD
Phone 0117176062
Email David.Pearce@wits.ac.za
Organisational Unit Rock Art Research Institute
ORCID 0000-0002-6354-3796

Cognitive archaeology, LSA rock art, LSA burial practice

D avid Pearce is Associate Professor and Director in the Rock Art Research Institute, School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand. His primary research interest is in cognitive archaeology, specializing in southern African hunter-gatherers. He has been running a multi-institutional research project on Later Stone Age rock art and related archaeology in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province for a number of years. He also directs an international project developing techniques to date rock paintings.

Publications

Books

2004

Lewis-Williams, J. D. and Pearce, D. G. 2004. San Spirituality: Roots, Expression, and Social Consequences. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira. Cape Town: Double Storey.

2005

Lewis-Williams, J. D. and Pearce, D. G. 2005. Inside the Neolithic Mind: Consciousness, Cosmos and the Realm of the Gods. London: Thames & Hudson.

Czech edition: Lewis-Williams, J. D. and Pearce, D. G. 2008. Uvnitr neolitické mysli: vedomí, vesmír a ríše bohu. Praha: Galileo.

Spanish edition: Lewis-Williams, J. D. and Pearce, D. G. 2009. Dentro de la Mente Neolítica: Conciencia, Cosmos y el Mundo de los Dioses. Madrid: Ediciones Akal.

 

Papers and articles

2002

Pearce, D. G. 2002. Changing men, changing eland: sequences in the rock paintings of Maclear District, Eastern Cape, South Africa. American Indian Rock Art 28:129–138.

2003

Pearce, D. G. 2003. The Tierkloof painted burial stones. South African Journal of Science 99:125–127.

Pearce, D. G. 2003. Ultraviolet photography as an aid to copying painted stones. The Digging Stick 20(3):8–9.

2004

Pearce, D. G. 2004. 'Testing' and altered states of consciousness in Upper Palaeolithic art research. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 14(1):82–85.

Lewis-Williams, J. D. and Pearce, D. G. 2004. Southern African San rock painting as social intervention: a study of rain-control images. African Archaeological Review 21(4):199–228.

2005

Pearce, D. G. 2005. Iconography and interpretation of the Tierkloof painted stone. South African Archaeological Society Goodwin Series 9:45–53.

2006

Pearce, D. G. 2006. The origin of complex burial in southern Africa. In Blundell, G. (ed.) Origins: The Story of the Emergence of Humans and Humanity in Africa:86–89. Cape Town: Double Storey.

Lewis-Williams, J. D. and Pearce, D. G. 2006. An accidental revolution? Early Neolithic religion & economic change. Minerva July/August:29–31.

Pearce, D. G. 2006. A comment on Swart’s rock art sequences and use of the Harris matrix in the Drakensberg. Southern African Humanities 18(2):173–177.

Lewis-Williams, J. D. and Pearce, D. G. 2006. Data and types of explanation in Lombard’s review of the Howieson’s Poort debate. Southern African Humanities 18(2):182–188.

2007

Pearce, D. G. 2007. MK1: a painted rain-control site, Wepener District, Free State. The Digging Stick 24(1):5–8.

Pearce, D. G. 2007. Setting the record straight. South African Archaeological Bulletin 62:79.

Pearce, D. G. 2007. Rock engravings in the Magaliesberg Valley. In Bonner, P., Esterhuysen, A. and Jenkins, T. A Search for Origins: Science, History and South Africa’s ‘Cradle of Humankind’:136–139. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press.

2008

Lewis-Williams, J. D. and Pearce, D. G. 2008. From generalities to specifics in San rock art. South African Journal of Science 104 (11/12):428–430.

2009

Pearce, D. G. 2009. Abstract: Later Stone Age burial practice in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa 44(2):279.

Pearce, D. G. 2009. An introduction to the rock art of the Malilangwe Conservation Trust, south-eastern Zimbabwe. Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa 44(3):331–342.

Pearce, D. G., Namono, C. and Mallen, L. R. 2009. Meaning then, meaning now: changes in the interpretative process in San rock art studies. In Mitchell, P. and Smith, B. W. (eds) The Eland’s People: New Perspectives in the Rock Art of the Maloti-Drakensberg Bushmen. Essays in Memory of Patricia Vinnicombe:61–79. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press.

Lewis-Williams, J. D. and Pearce, D. G. 2009. Constructing spiritual panoramas: order and chaos in southern African San rock art panels. Southern African Humanities 21:41–61.

2010

Pearce, D. G. 2010. Conservation and management of collapsing rock paintings: three sites in Maclear District, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. South African Archaeological Bulletin 65:96–103.

Pearce, D. G. and Hobart, J. 2010. Further analysis of six painted rock fragments collected by Louis Tylor. Southern African Humanities 22:171–179.

Pearce, D. G. 2010. The Harris matrix technique in the construction of relative chronologies of rock paintings in South Africa. South African Archaeological Bulletin 65:148–153.

2011

Bonneau, A., Brock, F., Higham, T., Pearce, D. G. and Pollard, A. M. 2011. An improved pre-treatment protocol for radiocarbon dating black pigments in San rock art. Radiocarbon 53(3):419–428.

Pearce, D. G. and George, L. 2011. An unusual case of overpainting in an Eastern Cape rock art site. South African Archaeological Bulletin 66:173–177.

2012

Bonneau, A., Pearce, D. G. and Pollard, A. M. 2012. A Multi-technique characterization and provenance study of the pigments used in San rock art, South Africa. Journal of Archaeological Science 39:287–294.

Lewis-Williams, J. D. and Pearce, D. G. 2012. Framed idiosyncrasy: method and evidence in the interpretation of San rock art. South African Archaeological Bulletin 67:75–87.

Lewis-Williams, J. D. and Pearce, D. G. 2012. The southern San and the trance dance: a pivotal debate in the interpretation of San rock paintings. Antiquity 86:696–706.

Challis, S., Loubser, J. H. N., Lewis-Williams, J. D. and Pearce, D. G. 2012. Spatial distribution of rock art sites in Didima Gorge, South Africa. American Antiquity 77(4):808–812.

Pearce, D. G. 2012. Ethnography and history: the significance of social change in interpreting rock art. In Smith, B. W., Helskog, K. and Morris, D. (eds) Working with Rock Art: Recording, Presenting and Understanding Rock Art Using Indigenous Knowledge:135–145. Johannesburg: Wits University Press.

 

Reviews

2006

Pearce, D. G. 2006. Review of Aesthetics and Rock Art by T. Heyd & J. Clegg (eds). South African Archaeological Bulletin 61:120–121.

2007

Pearce, D. G. 2007. Review of My Heart Stands in the Hill by J. Deacon & C. Foster. South African Archaeological Bulletin 62:85.

2009

Pearce, D. G. 2009. Review of Unconquerable Spirit: George Stow’s History Paintings of the San by P. Skotnes. Kronos 35:259–260.

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