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1st Edition

The Evolution of Paleolithic Technologies

ISBN 9780367140540
Published September 15, 2020 by Routledge
432 Pages 76 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Evolution of Paleolithic Technologies provides a novel perspective on long-term trajectories of evolutionary change in Paleolithic tools and tool-makers.

Members of the human lineage have been producing stone tools for more than 3 million years. These artefacts provide key evidence for important evolutionary developments in hominin behaviour and cognition. Avoiding conventional approaches based on progressive stages of development, this book instead examines global trends in six separate dimensions of technological behaviour 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 behaviour. To draw this picture together, the concluding section explores behavioural, cognitive, and demographic implications of developments in material culture and technological procedures at seven key intervals during the Pleistocene.

Researchers interested in Paleolithic archaeology will find this book invaluable. It will also be of interest to archaeologists researching stone tool technology and to students of human evolution and behavioural change 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: Artefacts as information

Chapter 6: Identifying design

Chapter 7: Diversity

Chapter 8: Artefact complexity

Chapter 9: Synthesis - trends, tendencies and entrenchments



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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 behaviour during the Pleistocene.