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The Neanderthal legacy: an archaeological perspective from Western Europe

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The Neanderthal legacy: an archaeological perspective from Western Europe
Title
The Neanderthal legacy: an archaeological perspective from Western Europe
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The Neanderthals populated western Europe from nearly 250,000 to 30,000 years ago when they disappeared from the archaeological record. In turn, populations of anatomically modern humans, Homo sapiens, came to dominate the area. Seeking to understand the nature of this replacement, which has become a hotly debated issue, Paul Mellars brings together an unprecedented amount of information on the behavior of Neanderthals. His comprehensive overview ranges from the evidence of tool manufacture and related patterns of lithic technology, through the issues of subsistence and settlement patterns, to the more controversial evidence for social organization, cognition, and intelligence. Mellars argues that previous attempts to characterize Neanderthal behavior as either "modern" or "ape-like" are both overstatements. We can better comprehend the replacement of Neanderthals, he maintains, by concentrating on the social and demographic structure of Neanderthal populations and on their specific adaptations to the harsh ecological conditions of the last glaciation. Mellar's approach to these issues is grounded firmly in his archaeological evidence. He illustrates the implications of these findings by drawing from the methods of comparative socioecology, primate studies, and Pleistocene paleoecology. The book provides a detailed review of the climatic and environmental background to Neanderthal occupation in Europe, and of the currently topical issues of the behavioral and biological transition from Neanderthal to fully "modern" populations
Cataloging source
UkLiU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mellars, Paul
Index
no index present
LC call number
GN285
LC item number
.M45 1996
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Neanderthals
  • Paleolithic period
  • Human evolution
  • Behavior evolution
  • Europe
Label
The Neanderthal legacy: an archaeological perspective from Western Europe
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 420-460) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Significance of Industrial Variability
  • Neanderthal Society
  • The Neanderthal Mind
  • The Big Transition
  • The Environmental Background to Middle Palaeolithic Occupation
  • Stone Tool Technology
  • Tool Morphology, Function and Typology
  • The Procurement and Distribution of Raw Materials
  • Industrial Taxonomy and Chronology
  • Middle Palaeolithic Subsistence
  • Sites in the Landscape
  • The Spatial Organization of Middle Palaeolithic Sites
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xix, 471 pages
Isbn
9780691034935
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
The Neanderthal legacy: an archaeological perspective from Western Europe
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 420-460) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Significance of Industrial Variability
  • Neanderthal Society
  • The Neanderthal Mind
  • The Big Transition
  • The Environmental Background to Middle Palaeolithic Occupation
  • Stone Tool Technology
  • Tool Morphology, Function and Typology
  • The Procurement and Distribution of Raw Materials
  • Industrial Taxonomy and Chronology
  • Middle Palaeolithic Subsistence
  • Sites in the Landscape
  • The Spatial Organization of Middle Palaeolithic Sites
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xix, 471 pages
Isbn
9780691034935
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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