Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology

Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Oldowan

Editors: Hovers, Erella, Braun, David R. (Eds.)

  • Provides a unique perspective on early stone tool manufacture and use
  • Describes the earliest known assemblages and their significance in understanding processes of cultural evolution and change
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An understanding of the uniquely human behavior of stone tool making tackles questions about hominins’ ability to culturally transmit and expand their base of social and practical knowledge and their cognitive capacities for advanced planning. The appearance of stone tools has often been viewed as a threshold event, impacting directly and profoundly the later course of cultural and social evolution. Alternatively, it has been understood as a prelude to significant succeeding changes in behavioral, social and biological evolution of hominins. This book presents a series of recent enquiries into the technological and adaptive significance of Oldowan stone tools. While anchored in a long research tradition, these studies rely on recent discoveries and innovative analyses of the archaeological record of ca. 2.6 – 1.0 million years ago in Africa and Eurasia, dealing with the earliest lithic industries as manifestations of hominin adaptations and as expressions of hominin cognitive abilities.

About the authors

Erella Hovers focuses on Oldowan and Middle Stone Age archaeology in Africa and on the Middle Paleolithic of the Levant. She is the co-editor (with Steve Kuhn) of "Transitions Before the Tansition" (Springer 2006) and the author of "The Organization of Mousterian Lithic Technology in Qafzeh Cave, Israel" (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2009). She is a senior lecturer in the Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jersualem.

David R. Braun’s research is centered on the relationship between around the earliest stone artifact behavior and the ecology of our earliest ancestors. His research is conducted in Kenya, South Africa and China. He is a lecturer in the department of archaeology in the University of Cape Town.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Current Issues in Oldowan Research

    Braun, David R. (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Remarks on the Current Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to the Study of Early Technological Strategies in Eastern Africa

    Torre, Ignacio la (et al.)

    Pages 15-24

  • From Homogeneity to Multiplicity: A New Approach to the Study of Archaic Stone Tools

    Carbonell, Eudald (et al.)

    Pages 25-37

  • An Overview of Some African and Eurasian Oldowan Sites: Evaluation of Hominin Cognition Levels, Technological Advancement and Adaptive Skills

    Barsky, Deborah

    Pages 39-47

  • Early Homo Occupation Near the Gate of Tears: Examining the Paleoanthropological Records of Djibouti and Yemen

    Chauhan, Parth R.

    Pages 49-59

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Oldowan
Editors
  • Erella Hovers
  • David R. Braun
Series Title
Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9060-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9060-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9059-2
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8059-2
Series ISSN
1877-9077
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 164
Number of Illustrations and Tables
47 b/w illustrations
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