Cave Bears and Modern Human Origins; The Spatial Taphonomy of Pod Hradem Cave, Czech Republic

Cave Bears and Modern Human Origins; The Spatial Taphonomy of Pod Hradem Cave, Czech Republic

by Robert H. Gargett


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This book systematically examines an animal bone assemblage in order to ascertain its spatial patterning. The study was first undertaken to discover the likely animal actors responsible for any horizontal spatial patterning. There is much data to support the long-held notion that the cave was a hibernation den for bears. In this study, the author provides fresh insight by arguing that there is powerful evidence that these bear carcasses had been scavenged by wolves and hyenas. He also argues that animals can create spatial patterns in the absence of culture or modern human cognitive abilities. Gargett suggests that an effort must be made to identify distinctive spatial patterns that result from human cognitive processes, such as language and culture. Only then, he argues, will spatial analysis achieve its potential as a means to help resolve questions about the origins of modern humans. This book will appeal to Paleolithic archaeologists and Paleoanthropologists. Its analyses will interest vertebrate paleontologists and paleobiologists as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761802334
Publisher: University Press of America
Publication date: 04/02/1996
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dr. Robert H. Gargett is a Research Associate of the Archaeological Research Facility at the University of California at Berkeley and a Lecturer at San Jose State University.

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R. Lee Lyman

"Overall, it is a good piece of work. University Press of America is to be commended for publishing it...needs to be read by many paleobiologists and zooarchaelogists."
Dr. R. Lee Lyman

Gary Haynes

"A clearly written and exceptionally valuable contribution to a literature that needs this sort of informal, even-handed re-examination."
Gary Haynes

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