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Early Human Behaviour in Global Context

The Rise and Diversity of the Lower Palaeolithic Record

Ravi Korisettar Michael D. Petraglia



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03 December 1998
Archaeological traces of the activities of our early tool using ancestors are spread throughout the Old World. While material evidence is plentiful, we still know very little about the particular behaviours which resulted in their creation. Early Human Behaviour in Global Context contributes greatly to the huge gap in knowledge about how our ancestors led their lives. An international group of scholars in the field present the latest results of investigations on the Lower Palaeolithic. Chapters focus on the nature of archaeological evidence, stone tool technology, subsistence practices and settlement distribution, offering interpretations of palaeoeconomic organisations, adaptive variations and evolutionary processes. Early Human Behaviour in Global Context begins with the identification and interpretation of the earliest archaeological evidence in Africa, usually found as juxtapositions of stone tools in various geological and ecological settings. Chapters then document the material record found in the Near East, Asia and Europe, providing evidence for the migration of early humans out of Africa and into other parts of the Old World. Syntheses of regional archaeological records admit interpretations of the activities of our early human ancestors, and inter-regional comparisons set the stage for study of similarities and differences in adaptive responses. Early Human Behaviour in Global Context is the basic reference text for students and professionals interested in prehistory, Palaeolithic archaeolgoy and palaeoanthropology, our ancestors and their place in the natural world. Ofer Bar-Yosef, Harvard University, USA. Susan Cachel,Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. J.

Desmond Clark, University of California, Berkley, USA. Gudrun Corvinus
Edited by:   Ravi Korisettar, Michael D. Petraglia
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   28
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 38mm
Weight:   1.089kg
ISBN:   9780415117630
ISBN 10:   0415117631
Series:   One World Archaeology
Pages:   512
Publication Date:   03 December 1998
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael D. Petraglia is Research Associate in the Human Origins Program, Smithsonian Institution, and Director of the Cultural Resources Program at Parsons, an international environmental firm. Ravi Korisettar is Reader in History and Archaeology at Karnatak Unviersity, India.

Reviews for Early Human Behaviour in Global Context: The Rise and Diversity of the Lower Palaeolithic Record

'The book is intended to be the basic reference text for students and academics interested in prehistory, palaeolithic archaeology and palaeoanthropology.' - Oxon Book Review

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