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

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Clive Gamble, Martin Porr
Routledge, Feb 28, 2005 - Social Science - 336 pages
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This book explores new approaches to the remarkably detailed information that archaeologists now have for the study of our early ancestors. 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 Palaeolithic brings new models and theories into the period; innovations that are matched by the resolution of data preserving individual action among the stones and bones. The volume brings together examples from recent excavations such as Boxgrove, Schöningen and Blombos Cave and the analyses of artefacts from Middle and Early Upper Pleistocene excavations in Europe, Africa and Asia.
 

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Contents

From empty spaces to lived lives Exploring the individual in the Palaeolithic
1
The Acheulean and the handaxe Structure and agency in the Palaeolithic
13
Transformations in dividuality Personhood and palaeoliths in the Middle Pleistocene
29
Seeking the Palaeolithic individual in East Africa and Europe during the LowerMiddle Pleistocene
50
The making of the biface and the making of the individual
68
Observations on the relationship between Palaeolithic individuals and artefact scatters at the Middle Pleistocene site of Boxgrove UK
81
The natural and sociocultural environment of Homo erectus at Bilzingsleben Germany
98
The Lower Palaeolithic art of hunting The case of Schöningen l 3 114 Lower Saxony Germany
115
Bones and powerful individuals Faunal case studies from the Arctic and the European Middle Palaeolithic
154
All in a days work Middle Pleistocene individuals materiality and the lifespace at Makapansgat South Africa
176
Life and mind in the Acheulean A case study from India
197
Individuals among palimpsest data Fluvial landscapes in Southern England Robert Hosfield
220
Being modern in the Middle Stone Age Individuals and innovation C Henshilwood and F dErrico
244
Concluding remarks Context and the individual
265
Bibliography
271
Index
310

Tracking hominins during the last interglacial complex in the Rhineland
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About the author (2005)

Martin Porr is Associate Professor of Archaeology and a member of the Centre for Rock Art Research and Management at the University of Western Australia. He has published widely on issues related to Palaeolithic art and archaeology. He is the editor of Ethno-Analogy and the Reconstruction of Prehistoric Artefact Use and Production (1999, with Linda Owen) and The Hominid Individual in Context: Archaeological Investigations of Lower and Middle Palaeolithic Landscapes, Locales and Artefacts (2005, with Clive Gamble). He is currently engaged in research projects on the Pleistocene settlement of the Philippines; the indigenous art of the Kimberley, Northwest Australia; and the Early Upper Palaeolithic art of Central Europe.

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