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Neanderthals in the Levant : Behavioural Organization and the Beginnings of Human Modernity - Henry

Neanderthals in the Levant

Behavioural Organization and the Beginnings of Human Modernity

By: Henry

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2003
ISBN: 9780826458032
Number Of Pages: 338

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The volume traces the controversy that revolves around the bio-cultural relationships of Archaic (Neanderthal) and Modern humans at global and regional, Levantine scales. The focus of the book is on understanding the degree to which the behavioral organization of Archaic groups differed from Moderns. To this end, a case study is presented for a 44-70,000 year old, Middle Paleolithic occupation of a Jordanian rockshelter. The research, centering on the spatial analysis of artifacts, hearths and related data, reveals how the Archaic occupants of the shelter structured their activities and placed certain conceptual labels on different parts of the site. The structure of Tor Faraj is compared to site structures defined for modern foragers, in both ethnographic and archaeological contexts, to measure any differences in behavioral organization. The comparisons show very similar structures for Tor Faraj and its modern cohorts. The implications of this finding challenge prevailing views in the emergence of modern human controversy in which Archaic groups are thought to have had inferior cognition and less complex behavioral-social organization than modern foragers. And, it is generally thought that such behaviors only emerged after the appearance of the Upper Paleolithic, dated some 10-20,000 years later than the occupation of Tor Faraj.

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This book presents a coherent and convincing case for the demonstration of modern human behavior in a Middle Paleolithic rockshelter. The volume is well-illustrated with black and white line art and photos, and the chapters are data-rich. I conclude by wholeheartedly endorsing this book for all graduate students and professional anthropologists interested in the archaeology of modern human origins. Geoarchaeology, March 2005

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Contributors
The Emergence of Modern Humans: Issues and Debatesp. 3
The Levant and the Modern Human Debatep. 12
Case Study
A Case Study from Southern Jordan: Tor Farajp. 33
Human Behavior and the Stone Tools from Tor Farajp. 60
Small Lithic Debris Analysisp. 86
Into the Mind of the Maker: Refitting Study and Technological Reconstructionsp. 107
Middle Paleolithic Plant Exploitation: The Microbotanical Evidencep. 156
Formation Processes and Paleosurface Identificationp. 172
Site Structure and Material Patterning in Space on the Tor Faraj Living Floorsp. 198
Behavioral Organization at Tor Farajp. 237
Alphabetical Listing of Attribute Definitions Used for the Tor Faraj Small Lithic Debris Studyp. 271
Small Lithic Debris Analysis Results Tablesp. 276
Cross-Cultural Data for Hearths in Rocksheltersp. 285
Analysis of Sediments for Zinc and Phosphate lonsp. 288
Referencesp. 296
Indexp. 313
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ISBN: 9780826458032
ISBN-10: 0826458033
Series: New Approaches to Anthropological Archaeology
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 338
Published: 1st October 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.8