Rock Art Rocks: Dr. Paul Freedman highlights 40 years of travel and research

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AgeSong is proud to announce a wonderful video series by our very own Dr. Paul Freedman. Paul will be introducing the Freedman Rock Art Video Archive through the Bancroft Library & University of California – Berkeley.

Please join us on Wednesday, February 1st & Wednesday, March 7th from 3-5 P.M.

Beverages, hors d’oeuvres and light desserts will be served.

The first presentation, on February 1, 2012, will highlight the World Heritage rock art sites of the Tassili Plateau in central Algeria. The video takes us on an expedition from Paris, to Algiers, to the Saharan oasis of Djanet, and high onto the Tassili plateau where Paul films an 8,000 year tradition of painting and carving.

The second presentation, on March 7, 2012, will take us to the Har-Karkom, a mountain of the Negev Desert in southern Israel. The dense concentration of ancient petroglyphs and other archaeological features has led one researcher, Professor Emmanuel Anati of Capo di Ponte, Italy, to argue the controversial theory that this mountain is the biblical Mt Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments.

The third presentation, in March 2012, is to be announced.

About Dr. Paul Freedman

Dr. Paul Freedman spent his professional career as staff psychiatrist at the Chinatown Medical Health Clinic in San Francisco where he specialized in the field of Transcultural Psychiatry – encouraging and developing treatment modalities that draw both on Western medicine, and traditional healing practices. His avocational passion of forty years, that paralleled his interest in traditional healing, was the pursuit and video documentation of World Rock Art.
Paul Co-founded the Bay Area Rock Art Research Association in 1983, and was the editor of its newsletter, and organizer of the organization’s field expeditions for many years.

Rock Art includes early and prehistoric carvings on rock, called petroglyphs, and paintings in caves and rock shelters, called pictographs. These cultural expressions have often persisted in the landscape for hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of years and are of significant value as part of the world’s shared cultural heritage.

Paul Freedman traveled up and down California, throughout the Western United States, and around the globe creating video documents of these fragile cultural sites. His video collection has been digitized, and is now archived at the Bancroft Library.


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