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Donald O Henry New Approaches to Anthropological Archaeology: Neanderthals in the Levant : Behavioural Organization and the Beginnings of Human Modernity (Hardcover)

Donald O Henry New Approaches to Anthropological Archaeology: Neanderthals in the Levant : Behavioural Organization and the Beginnings of Human Modernity (Hardcover)

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The volume traces the controversy that revolves around the bio-cultural relationships of Archaic (Neanderthal) and Modern humans at global and regional, Levantine scales. The focus of the book is on understanding the degree to which the behavioral organization of Archaic groups differed from Moderns. To this end, a case study is presented for a 44-70,000 year old, Middle Paleolithic occupation of a Jordanian rockshelter. The research, centering on the spatial analysis of artifacts, hearths and related data, reveals how the Archaic occupants of the shelter structured their activities and placed certain conceptual labels on different parts of the site. The structure of Tor Faraj is compared to site structures defined for modern foragers, in both ethnographic and archaeological contexts, to measure any differences in behavioral organization. The comparisons show very similar structures for Tor Faraj and its modern cohorts. The implications of this finding challenge prevailing views in the emergence of modern human controversy in which Archaic groups are thought to have had inferior cognition and less complex behavioral-social organization than modern foragers. And, it is generally thought that such behaviors only emerged after the appearance of the Upper Paleolithic, dated some 10-20,000 years later than the occupation of Tor Faraj.

The volume traces the controversy that revolves around the bio-cultural relationships of Archaic (Neanderthal) and Modern humans at global and regional, Levantine scales. The focus of the book is on understanding the degree to which the behavioral organization of Archaic groups differed from Moderns. To this end, a case study is presented for a 44-70,000 year old, Middle Paleolithic occupation of a Jordanian rockshelter. The research, centering on the spatial analysis of artifacts, hearths and related data, reveals how the Archaic occupants of the shelter structured their activities and placed certain conceptual labels on different parts of the site. The structure of Tor Faraj is compared to site structures defined for modern foragers, in both ethnographic and archaeological contexts, to measure any differences in behavioral organization. The comparisons show very similar structures for Tor Faraj and its modern cohorts. The implications of this finding challenge prevailing views in the emergence of modern human controversy in which Archaic groups are thought to have had inferior cognition and less complex behavioral-social organization than modern foragers. And, it is generally thought that such behaviors only emerged after the appearance of the Upper Paleolithic, dated some 10-20,000 years later than the occupation of Tor Faraj.

New Approaches to Anthropological Archaeology: Neanderthals in the Levant: Behavioural Organization and the Beginnings of Human Modernity (Hardcover)

Specifications

Language

English

Series Title

New Approaches to Anthropological Archaeology

Publisher

Bloomsbury Academic

Book Format

Hardcover

Original Languages

English

Number of Pages

338

Author

Donald O Henry

Title

Neanderthals in the Levant

ISBN-13

9780826458032

Publication Date

October, 2003

Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)

10.00 x 7.00 x 0.81 Inches

ISBN-10

0826458033

SKU: WA25019257

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