By Colin Renfrew, Chris Scarre

ISBN-10: 0951942069

ISBN-13: 9780951942062

This ebook is the archaeologists' reaction to Merlin Donald's 1991 booklet, "Origins of the fashionable brain: 3 levels within the Evolution of tradition and Cognition." Donald's publication confirmed a developmental framework for figuring out glossy human cognition. the ultimate degree, specifically, is of curiosity to archaeologists. it truly is this level, the advance of "External Symbolic Storage," that is the point of interest of the quantity edited by way of Renfrew and Scarre. A bankruptcy through Donald abstracts the guidelines from the 1991 e-book, and expands on them, so a examining of the sooner publication isn't really essential to enjoy the information during this quantity (though i'd suggest the 1991 ebook, that is a really attention-grabbing read). the opposite chapters current archaeological examples of "external symbolic storage," starting from cave paintings to chinese language burial practices. Archaeologists with an curiosity in symbols, info garage and retrieval, or reminiscence, will locate this ebook invaluable and thought-provoking.

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Human cognitive evolution: what we were, what we are becoming. Social Research 60, 143–70. , 1993b. Précis of Origins of the Modern Mind. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 16, 737–91. , 1993c. An Evolutionary Perspective on Cognition and Literacy. Kingston: Queen’s University Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Group. , 1994. Representation: ontogenesis and phylogenesis; a commentary on Karmiloff-Smith’s Beyond Modularity. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 17, 714–15. , 1996. The role of vocalization, memory retrieval and external symbols in cognitive evolution: a reply to additional commentaries.

Microscopic and morphometric analysis of the marks shows that each set of incisions was made by a different tool and often by a different marking technique (8 or 9 changes in all). In one set (A4) it is even probable that two different points were used. Changes of tool cannot be due to the accidental fracture of the point at the end of each set, since experimental reproduction of these marks demonstrates that it would have been easy to engrave all the pattern with one or two tools. Use of the same point and the same technique would have given a greater homogeneity to the overall design.

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