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The Evolution of Paleolithic Technologies

1st Edition

By Steven L. Kuhn


480 pages | 76 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780367140540
pub: 2020-06-22
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The Evolution of Paleolithic Technologies provides a novel perspective on the long-term development of Paleolithic technologies and their makers, one that is more in keeping with contemporary Darwinian thinking about human evolution.

Members of the human lineage have been producing stone tools for more than 3 million years. These artifacts provide key evidence for important evolutionary developments in hominin behavior and cognition. Avoiding conventional approaches based on progressive stages of development, this book instead examines global trends in six separate dimensions of technological behavior between 2.6 million and 10,000 years ago. Combining these independent trends results in both a broader and a more finely-punctuated perspective on key intervals of change in hominin technological behavior. To draw this picture together, behavioral, cognitive, and demographic implications of developments in material culture and technological procedures are highlighted at seven key intervals during the Pleistocene.

Scholars and archaeologists interested in the development of Palaeolithic technologies will find this book invaluable. It will also be of interest to anthropologists and students of human evolution and behavioral development in prehistory.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Thinking about technological evolution

Chapter 3: Parts and wholes

Chapter 4. Raw Material Economies

Chapter 5: Artifacts as information

Chapter 6: Identifying design

Chapter 7: Diversity

Chapter 8: Artifact complexity

Chapter 9: Synthesis- trends, tendencies and entrenchment



About the Author

Dr. Steven L. Kuhn is Riecker Distinguished Professor in the School of Anthropology, University of Arizona. He has conducted research on Paleolithic sites and stone artefacts in Turkey, Mediterranean Europe, the Levant, Morocco, and China. With his wife and frequent collaborator, Dr. Mary Stiner, Dr. Kuhn has also published on the evolution of human societies and symbolic behavior during the Pleistocene.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology