+612 9045 4394
$7.95 Delivery per order to Australia and New Zealand
100% Australian owned
Over a hundred thousand in-stock titles ready to ship
The Archaeology of Human Ancestry : Power, Sex and Tradition - Stephen Shennan

The Archaeology of Human Ancestry

Power, Sex and Tradition

By: Stephen Shennan (Editor), James Steele (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 14th December 1995
ISBN: 9780415118620
Number Of Pages: 472
For Ages: 18 years old

Share This Book:


RRP $693.99
or 4 easy payments of $120.06 with Learn more
Ships in 10 to 15 business days

Earn 961 Qantas Points
on this Book

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.

Industry Reviews

"The collection's strength is its critique of generalizations on primate social behavior through reference to observed variation and ecological factors.." -"Choice

List of illustrations
List of tables
List of contributors
General editor's preface
Introductionp. 1
Finite social space and the evolution of human social behaviourp. 47
African ape social networks: a blueprint for reconstructing early hominid social structurep. 67
Sexual dimorphism in fossil hominids and its socioecological implicationsp. 91
On the evolution of temperament and dominance style in hominid groupsp. 110
The frameworks of early hominid social systems: how many useful parameters of archaeological evidence can we isolate?p. 135
Archaeological inference and the explanation of hominid evolutionp. 184
Social learning and cultural tradition: interpreting Early Palaeolithic technologyp. 207
On predicting hominid group sizesp. 230
Making tracks: hominid networks and the evolution of the social landscapep. 253
Foraging differences between men and women: behavioural ecology of the sexual division of labourp. 283
Female strategies and collective behaviour: the archaeology of earliest Homo sapiens sapiensp. 306
Darwinism and collective representationsp. 331
Their commonwealths are not as we supposed: sex, gender and material culture in human evolutionp. 347
Social inequality and the transmission of cultural traditions in forager societiesp. 365
On the evolution of language and kinshipp. 380
A socio-mental bimodality: a pre-hominid inheritancep. 397
Social interaction and viral phenomenap. 420
Indexp. 434
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415118620
ISBN-10: 041511862X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 472
Published: 14th December 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 1

Earn 961 Qantas Points
on this Book