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The Ancient Mind : Elements of Cognitive Archaeology - Lord Colin Renfrew

The Ancient Mind

Elements of Cognitive Archaeology

By: Lord Colin Renfrew (Editor), Ezra B. W. Zubrow (Editor), Wendy Ashmore (Editor), Francoise Audouze (Editor), Cyprian Broodbank (Editor)

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Published: 25th July 1994
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One of the most troubling problems in archaeology is to determine the manner and content of prehistoric thought. A fundamental challenge is to develop the theory, methodology and tools to understand human cognition. Cognitive archaeology as a subject is still in its infancy, and archaeologists are adopting a variety of approaches--literary, linguistic, and scientific. The contributors to The Ancient Mind develop a new direction in prehistoric cognitive research that is rooted in the scientific tradition and in an empirical methodology. Together, they begin to develop a science of cognitive archaeology.

"...an important reference work for any library that attempts to stay abreast of current developments in archaeology." Dennis E. Smith, Religious Studies Review

Foreword
Introduction
Towards a cognitive archaeology
The Interdisciplinary Underpinning
Interpretations and testability in theories about prehistoric thinking
Archaeology and cognitive science
From mental modularity to generalized intelligence: a cognitive interpretation of the Middle/Upper Paleolithic transition
Are images animated? The psychology of images in Ancient Greece
Approaches to Cult Practice and Transcendental Belief Systems
The archaeology of religion
Ancient Zapotec ritual and religion: an application of the direct historical approach
The meaning of death
Prehistoric cognition and the science of archaeology
Prehistoric Conceptions of Space and Time
Symbols and signposts: understanding the prehistoric petroglyphs of the British Isles
Knowledge representation and archaeology: a cognitive example using GIS
Dials: a study in the physical representation of cognitive systems
The Material Basis of Cognitive Inference: Technology
Cognitive aspects of 'technique
Mindful technology: unleashing the Chaîne Opératoire for an archaeology of mind
Prehistoric technology: a cognitive science?
The Material Basis of Cognitive Inference: Writing Systems
Variation and change in symbol systems: case studies in Elamite Cuneiform
Figure and text in Mesopotamia: match and mismatch
Conclusion
Cognitive archaeology reconsidered
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ISBN: 9780521456203
ISBN-10: 0521456207
Series: New Directions in Archaeology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 25th July 1994
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 19.05  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.48