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Hominid Individual in Context : Archaeological Investigations of Lower and Middle Palaeolithic landscapes, locales and artefacts - Clive Gamble

Hominid Individual in Context

Archaeological Investigations of Lower and Middle Palaeolithic landscapes, locales and artefacts

By: Clive Gamble (Editor), Martin Porr (Editor)

Paperback Published: 10th November 2004
ISBN: 9780415284332
Number Of Pages: 336

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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 Paleolithic period have conventionally been from an ecological and behavioral 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 "Individual Hominid 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 Paleolithic brings new models and theories into the period; innovations that are matched by the resolution of the data that preserve individual action among the artifacts. 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 revolutionize the Paleolithic as archaeologists search for the lived lives among the empty spaces that remain.

Table list
from empty spaces to lived lives - exploring the individual in the palaeolithic
The acheulean and the handaxe: structure and agency in the palaeolithic
Transformations in dividuality:personhood and palaeoliths in the middle pleistocene
Seeking the palaeolithic individual in East Africa and Europe during the lower-middle pleistocene
The making of the biface and the making of the individual
Observations on the relationship between palaeolithic individuals and artefact scatters at the middle pleistocene site of Boxgrove
The natural and socio-cultural environment of homo erectus at bilzingsleben, Germany
The lower palaeolithic art of hunting: the case of schöningen 13 II-4, lower saxony, Germany
Tracking hominins during the last interglacial complex in the Ehineland
Bones and powerful individuals: faunal case studies from the arctic and the European middle palaeolithic
All in a day's work: middle pleistocene individuals, materiality and the lifespace at makapansgat, South Africa
Thoughts, actions, and society in the acheulean of southern India
Individuals among palimpsest data: fluvial landscapes in southern England
Being modern in the middle stone age: individuals and innovation
Concluding remarks: context and the individual
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ISBN: 9780415284332
ISBN-10: 0415284333
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 10th November 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1