Hominid Individual in Context: Archaeological Investigations of Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Landscapes, Locales and Artefacts

Hominid Individual in Context: Archaeological Investigations of Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Landscapes, Locales and Artefacts

by Clive Gamble
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415284325

ISBN-13: 9780415284325

Pub. Date: 03/28/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

"This volume explores new approaches to the remarkably detailed information that archaeologists have for the study of our earliest ancestors. Previous investigations of human evolution in the Palaeolithic period have conventionally been from an ecological and behavioural point of view. The emphasis has been on how our early ancestors made a living, decided what to eat…  See more details below

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"This volume explores new approaches to the remarkably detailed information that archaeologists have for the study of our earliest ancestors. Previous investigations of human evolution in the Palaeolithic period have conventionally been from an ecological and behavioural point of view. The emphasis has been on how our early ancestors made a living, decided what to eat, adapted through their technology to the conditions of existence and reacted to changing ice age climates. The Hominid Individual in Context takes a different approach." Rather than explaining the archaeology of stones and bones as the product of group decisions, the contributors investigate how individual action created social life. This challenge to the accepted standpoint of the Palaeolithic brings new models and theories into the period; innovations that are matched by the resolution of the data that preserve individual action among the artefacts. The book brings together examples from recent excavations at Boxgrove, Schoningen and Blombos Cave, and the analyses of findings from Middle and Early Upper Pleistocene excavations in Europe, Africa and Asia. The results will revolutionise the Palaeolithic as archaeologists search for the lived lives among the empty spaces that remain.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415284325
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1From empty spaces to lived lives : exploring the individual in the Palaeolithic1
2The Acheulean and the handaxe : structure and agency in the Palaeolithic13
3Transformations in dividuality : personhood and palaeoliths in the Middle Pleistocene29
4Seeking the palaeolithic individual in East Africa and Europe during the Lower-Middle Pleistocene50
5The making of the biface and the making of the individual68
6Observations on the relationship between Palaeolithic individuals and artefact scatters at the Middle Pleistocene site of Boxgrove, UK81
7The natural and socio-cultural environment of Homo erectus at Bilzingsleben, Germany98
8The Lower Palaeolithic art of hunting : the case of Schoningen 13 II-4, Lower Saxony, Germany115
9Tracking hominins during the last interglacial complex in the Rhineland133
10Bones and powerful individuals : faunal case studies from the Arctic and the European Middle Palaeolithic154
11All in a day's work : Middle Pleistocene individuals, materiality and the lifespace at Makapansgat, South Africa176
12Life and mind in the Acheulean : a case study from India197
13Individuals among palimpsest data : fluvial landscapes in Southern England220
14Being modern in the Middle Stone Age : individuals and innovation244
15Concluding remarks : context and the individual265

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