From the Expression Editors:

It is a pleasure to offer you a complimentary copy of EXPRESSION 30.    This issue, the fourth one to appear during the Coronavirus pandemic,    faces a crucial theme, that of identity, which bothers a large   percentage of the human beings, of societies and of nations. It also    concerns students and scholars, trying to define the identity of past    and present cultures. The selected articles range in different    directions and should stimulate other contributions on the same    general topic: the identity of a culture, an age, or a social trend.    Five articles face the problems of identity of different ages and    different nature, in four different continents: Africa, America, Asia    and Europe. Amélie Balazut considers the paintings of French    Paleolithic caves, looking at the problem of human identity in    Paleolithic times, seeing the totemic animal counterpart of man as a    source of identity. How did Paleolithic people conceive their images    of half human and half animal beings? Stavros Kiotsekoglou analyzes    the meaning of the similarity of two archeological sites, one in    Greece and the other in Italy, stressing coincidences and what appears    to be common elements of identity despite the geographical distance:    cultural identity or pure coincidence? Jitka Soukopova faces the    confrontation between two different cultural identities,    hunter-gatherers and pastoralists, of a few thousand years ago, in the    oases of North Africa, when what is now desert was greener. How do    their rock paintings help defining their cultural identity? Emmanuel    Anati deals with the earliest known urban settlement in the Near East,    which came into existence in the age of hunter-gatherers, searching    for the identity of its founders and for the process that led to its    birth and development. What was the function of a fortified town among    clans of hunters? And Giuseppe Orefici explores the identity of the    makers of the extraordinary geoglyphs at Nasca, in Peru, their    religious beliefs and their social performances. What was the function    of miles-long cleaned and managed grounds and of the large size images    which are hardly visible from the ground? The attempts at defining    identity will be further considered in forthcoming issues. We hope    that you will be stimulated by these cases of cultural identity.    Those having something to say on the topic are welcome to participate    in this open sharing of knowledge and ideas.    Expression 30:    <;;sdata=4av3jRNNjPEsLEoPr3BtrSUUmBS%2BqaVf2oUCcNVgx%2Fw%3D&amp;reserved=0>    

Cordial regards and best wishes for the coming festivities and for a    new year free of pandemics!    Emmanuel Anati    (EXPRESSION General Editor)

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