ARQUEOLOGIA IBEROAMERICANA - ISSN 1989-4104
Vol. 49 (2022), pp. 16–23 • 1.27 MB • português
RESEARCH ARTICLE
The Delicate and Miniaturized Rock Paintings from the Expulsar II Archaeological Site, Quiterianópolis, Ceará, Brazil

Lucineide Marquis, Luis Carlos Duarte Cavalcante, Sônia Maria Campelo Magalhães, Heralda Kelis Sousa Bezerra da Silva, Bruna Gomes Brito


Arqueol. Iberoam.


Abstract
The Expulsar II archaeological site is located in the Angical village, a rural area in the municipality of Quiterianópolis, State of Ceará, Brazil. It consists of a small sandstone shelter, where a raised rock platform and a niche stand out, in which the only panel of rock paintings currently still visible is observed. The figures are miniaturized, and have been identified as anthropomorphs, zoomorphs (among which jaguar, cervids, birds and rheas), and abstract motifs, in addition to some ink stains without a defined outline. The paintings were done in different shades of red. Delicate and graceful, the figures are typical of the Nordeste Tradition, most of them showing movement, which gives them dynamism. Two major scenes stand out: the hunting of a jaguar and the cornering of cervids and a rhea. No less important is the recurrence of pairs or trios of anthropomorphs, whose body shape and size are variable. A diagnosis of the main conservation problems completes this survey.

Keywords
Rock paintings; representation of everyday scenes; Nordeste Tradition; archaeological heritage.

Cite as
Marquis, L.; L. C. D. Cavalcante; S. M. C. Magalhães; H. K. S. B. Silva; B. G. Brito. 2022.
As delicadas e miniaturizadas pinturas rupestres do sítio arqueológico Expulsar II, Quiterianópolis, Ceará, Brasil. Arqueología Iberoamericana 49: 16-23.

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Publication date: January 27, 2022.

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