Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Lewis-Williams, James David

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_58

Basic Biographical Information

David Lewis-Williams was born in 1934 in Cape Town, South Africa. He undertook his undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town, graduating in 1956. He began teaching English and Geography at Selborne College in 1958, moving to Kearsney College in 1963. In 1965, he completed an honors degree at the University of South Africa. While at Kearsney College, he was active in running the student archaeology club. It was with students from this club that Lewis-Williams began exploring the Drakensberg mountains for San rock art. It was also during this time that he met John Argyle, an anthropologist at the University of Natal (now, the University of KwaZulu-Natal). Argyle encouraged Lewis-Williams to pursue his interest in San rock art by writing a Ph.D thesis. The thesis was completed in 1978 at the University of Natal and was then published in 1981. Entitled Believing and Seeing: Symbolic Meanings in Southern San Rock Paintings, the published thesis has...

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  1. Lewis-Williams, J.D. 1981. Believing and seeing: symbolic meanings in southern San rock paintings. London: Academic Press.Google Scholar
  2. - 1982. The economic and social context of southern San rock art. Current Anthropology 23: 429-49.Google Scholar
  3. - 2002. The mind in the cave: consciousness and the origins of art. London: Thames & Hudson.Google Scholar
  4. - 2005. Inside the Neolithic mind: consciousness, cosmos and the realm of the gods. London: Thames & Hudson.Google Scholar
  5. - 2010. Conceiving God: the cognitive origin and evolution of religion. London: Thames & Hudson.Google Scholar
  6. Lewis-Williams, J.D. & J. Clottes. 1996. Les chamanes de la préhistoire: transe et magie les grottes ornées. Paris: Éditions du Seuil.Google Scholar
  7. Lewis-Williams, J.D. & T.A. Dowson. 1988. The signs of all times: entoptic phenomena in Upper Palaeolithic art. Current Anthropology 29: 201-45.Google Scholar
  8. - 1990. Through the veil: San rock paintings and the rock face. South African Archaeological Bulletin 45: 5-16.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Geography, Archaeology & Environmental ScienceUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa