You oughta hear my Neanderthal lecture sometime. Every semester I give a lecture in 105, the human evolution course (and sometimes do it as a guest lecture for 102, introduction to archaeology) about Neanderthals and symbolic thought. It started out as an overview of Neanderthal mortuary practice and now it’s a full hour+ lecture about the changing public perception of Neanderthals- we look at illustrations of Neanderthals from 1909 to today and talk about what’s reflected about contemporary society in the images. We also talk about tools and art- stuff like the Krapina eagle claws and the Gorham’s Cave engraving and the Bruniquel cave rings- and the students always seem to walk away with new ideas about our closest cousins.
hi :) do you have anything on old nordic tattoos (I read an Islamic traveller described vikings as being heavily tattooed) or at least genuine old nordic (I don't know the proper term, since vikings is not right?) art that could feature in tattoos? thank you :)