The Archaeology Of Human Ancestry

Author: Stephen Shennan
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134814496
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Human social life is constrained and defined by our cognitive and emotional dispositions, which are the legacy of our foraging ancestors. But how difficult is it to reconstruct the social systems and cultural traditions of those ancestors? The Archaeology of Human Ancestry provides a stimulating and provocative answer, in which archaeologists and biological anthropologists set out and demonstrate their reconstructive methods. Contributors use observations of primates and modern hunter-gatherers to illuminate the fossil and artefactual records. Thematic treatment covers the evolution of group size; group composition and the emotional structure of social bonds; sexual dimorphism and the sexual division of labour; and the origins of human cultural traditions. The Archaeology of Human Ancestry is an essential introduction to the subject for advanced undergraduates and researchers in archaeology and biological anthropology. It will also be used by workers in psychology, sociology and feminist studies as a resource for understanding human social origins.
The Archaeology of Human Ancestry
Language: en
Pages: 472
Authors: Stephen Shennan, James Steele
Categories: Psychology
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-08-15 - Publisher: Routledge

Human social life is constrained and defined by our cognitive and emotional dispositions, which are the legacy of our foraging ancestors. But how difficult is it to reconstruct the social systems and cultural traditions of those ancestors? The Archaeology of Human Ancestry provides a stimulating and provocative answer, in which
A Future for Archaeology
Language: en
Pages: 251
Authors: Robert Layton, Stephen Shennan, Peter G. Stone
Categories: Archaeology
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006 - Publisher: Psychology Press

Over the last thirty years issues of culture, identity and meaning have moved out of the academic sphere to become central to politics and society at all levels from the local to the global. Archaeology has been at the forefront of these moves towards a greater engagement with the non-academic
Crossing the Human Threshold
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Matt Pope, John McNabb, Clive Gamble
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-11-22 - Publisher: Routledge

When was the human threshold crossed? What is the evidence for evolving humans and their emerging humanity? This volume explores in a global overview the archaeology of the Middle Pleistocene, 800,000 to 130,000 years ago when evidence for innovative cultural behaviour appeared. The evidence shows that the threshold was crossed
The Prehistory of Music
Language: en
Pages: 447
Authors: Iain Morley
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-10 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

This volume investigates the evolutionary origins of our musical abilities, the nature of music, and the earliest archaeological evidence for musical activities amongst our ancestors. It seeks to understand the relationship between our musical capabilities and the development of our social, emotional, and communicative abilities as a species.
Creativity in Human Evolution and Prehistory
Language: en
Pages: 312
Authors: Steven Mithen
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-08-10 - Publisher: Routledge

We live in a world surrounded by remarkable cultural achievements of human kind. Almost every day we hear of new innovations in technology, in medicine and in the arts which remind us that humans are capable of remarkable creativity. But what is human creativity? The modern world provides a tiny