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H 245 x W 175 mm

330 pages

Highly illustrated throughout in colour and black & white

Published Nov 2016

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784914707

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Rock art; myth; white lady; Zimbabwe; South Africa; Atlantis; King Solomon; Popular culture

The White Lady and Atlantis: Ophir and Great Zimbabwe

Investigation of an archaeological myth

By Jean-Loïc Le Quellec


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This meticulous investigation, based around a famous rock image, the ‘White Lady’, makes it possible to take stock of the mythical presuppositions that infuse a great deal of scientific research, especially in the case of rock art studies.



List of Figures; Introduction; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1: Reinhard Maack and the Brandberg; Chapter 2: A few other servants of the White Lady; Chapter 3: Mary Boyle puts pen to paper; Chapter 4: In which a few doubts arise; Chapter 5: Of a hapax which isn’t one any longer; Chapter 6: The ‘Saharan connection’; Chapter 7: From Atlantis seekers to flying saucer dreamers; Chapter 8: On the role of literature and especially tales of ‘lost worlds’; Chapter 9: In which we look at bridges; Chapter 10: Ophir, the mythical city and Solomonic traditions; Chapter 11: The Queen of Sheba among the Afrikaners; Chapter 12: No photos!; Chapter 13: Knossos in Africa; Chapter 14: The future of an illusion; Chapter 15: Short biographical dictionary of the principal protagonists; Bibliography

About the Author

Jean-Loïc Le Quellec is a director of research at the CNRS and a researcher in the Centre d’études des mondes africains (UMR 8171, Université de Paris-I) and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg 2050). He has written numerous books on Saharan rock art. He has just published Des Martiens au Sahara (Martians in the Sahara) and is preparing with Bernard Sergent a dictionary of mythology.