Sourcebook of Paleolithic Transitions

Methods, Theories, and Interpretations

Editors: Camps, Marta, Chauhan, Parth (Eds.)

  • Brings together an international group of leading researchers to discuss past, present and future research on the Paleolithic transitions
  • Approaches the topic from a anthropological and theoretical perspective
  • With cases from around the world, this a truly international sourcebook
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About this Textbook

Sourcebook of Paleolithic Transitions

Edited by:

Marta Camps, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA
Parth R. Chauhan, CRAFT Stone Age Institute, Indiana University, Gosport, IN, USA

 

This sourcebook addresses the different transitional processes by examinating the nature and extent of behavioural changes, cultural patterns and differences that have been attributed to them. It brings together a global body of research  and compares differing theoretical perspectives on the transitions - not only to compare and discuss results from the various areas, but also to evaluate the contrasts between the different archaeological traditions. The top researchers in both regional field research and theoretical aspects of this key event in human prehistory have contributed to build a seminal book from both an anthropological as well as theoretical viewpoint.

Sourcebook of Paleolithic Transitions will not only summarise past work, but will also assess current research strategies and the latest results - as well as discuss guidelines for the future. It will contribute to Paleolithic research, by providing the scientific community with an up-to-date publication which:

  • encompasses instrumental classic views, crucial to understanding how these phenomena have been studied
  • includes current research and the newest developments, which have only been partially presented in specialised journals
  • incorporates a joint and debated look to the future of this research, highlighting the outcome of the balance of many years of studies, and the most promising research leads for the coming years.

The multidisciplinary perspective of this work, combined with the latest information on research regarding these processes, will bring to the wider scientific community a much needed modern compendium in this field.

About the authors

 Parth R. Chauhan is an Indian-American Research Associate with the Stone Age Institute (Indiana, USA). He obtained his PhD from the University of Sheffield (UK) in 2005 and his MA from Deccan College Postgraduate Research Institute (Pune, India) in 1998. His research interests include Old World prehistory, Palaeolithic archaeology, hominin dispersals, Asian paleoanthropology, vertebrate paleontology and taphonomy and lithic technology. He is currently carrying out research on early human technological and environmental adaptations during the Quaternary of India and Yemen.

Table of contents (36 chapters)

  • Has the Notion of “Transitions” in Paleolithic Prehistory Outlived Its Usefulness? The European Record in Wider Context

    Straus, Lawrence Guy

    Pages 3-18

  • Accidents of History: Conceptual Frameworks in Paleoarchaeology

    Clark, Geoffrey A.

    Pages 19-41

  • Defining Modernity, Establishing Rubicons, Imagining the Other—and the Neanderthal Enigma

    Soffer, Olga

    Pages 43-64

  • The Longest Transition or Multiple Revolutions?

    Gowlett, John A. J.

    Pages 65-78

  • Quantifying Transitions: Morphometric Approaches to Palaeolithic Variability and Technological Change

    Lycett, Stephen J.

    Pages 79-92

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sourcebook of Paleolithic Transitions
Book Subtitle
Methods, Theories, and Interpretations
Editors
  • Marta Camps
  • Parth Chauhan
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-76487-0
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-76487-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-76478-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-1369-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 574
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