The Ancient Mind: Elements of Cognitive Archaeology / Edition 1

The Ancient Mind: Elements of Cognitive Archaeology / Edition 1

by Colin Renfrew
     
 

This book develops a new direction in prehistoric cognitive research which is rooted in science and empirical methodology.See more details below

Overview

This book develops a new direction in prehistoric cognitive research which is rooted in science and empirical methodology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521456203
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
New Directions in Archaeology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword; Part I. Introduction: 1. Towards a cognitive archaeology; Part II. The Interdisciplinary Underpinning: 2. Interpretations and testability in theories about prehistoric thinking; 3. Archaeology and cognitive science; 4. From mental modularity to generalized intelligence: a cognitive interpretation of the Middle/Upper Paleolithic transition; 5. Are images animated? The psychology of images in Ancient Greece; Part III. Approaches to Cult Practice and Transcendental Belief Systems: 6. The archaeology of religion; 7. Ancient Zapotec ritual and religion: an application of the direct historical approach; 8. The meaning of death; 9. Prehistoric cognition and the science of archaeology; Part IV. Prehistoric Conceptions of Space and Time: 10. Symbols and signposts: understanding the prehistoric petroglyphs of the British Isles; 11. Knowledge representation and archaeology: a cognitive example using GIS; 12 Dials: a study in the physical representation of cognitive systems; Part V. The Material Basis of Cognitive Inference: Technology: 13. Cognitive aspects of 'technique'; 14. Mindful technology: unleashing the Chaîne Opératoire for an archaeology of mind; 15. Prehistoric technology: a cognitive science?; Part VI. The Material Basis of Cognitive Inference: Writing Systems; 16. Variation and change in symbol systems: case studies in Elamite Cuneiform; 17. Figure and text in Mesopotamia: match and mismatch; Part VII. Conclusion: 18. Cognitive archaeology reconsidered.

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