Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology

Osseous Projectile Weaponry

Towards an Understanding of Pleistocene Cultural Variability

Editors: Langley, Michelle C. (Ed.)

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  • Highlights the importance of including osseous projectile weaponry in investigations of Pleistocene cultural complexity
  • Sheds new light on how modern human cultures developed and changed
  • Maximizes readers insights into how osseous projectile weaponry impacted Pleistocene subsistence, social culture and technological knowledge
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This volume presents the current state of knowledge on the osseous projectile weaponry that was produced by Pleistocene cultures across the globe. Through cross-cultural and temporal comparison of manufacturing methods, design, use methods, and associated technology, chapters in this volume identify and discuss differences and similarities between these Pleistocene cultures. The central research questions addressed in this volume include: (a) how did osseous weaponry technology develop and change through time and can these changes be tied to environmental and/or social influences?; (b) how did different Pleistocene cultures design and adapt their osseous weaponry technology to their environment as well as changes in that environment?; and (c) can we identify cultural interaction between neighboring groups through the analysis of osseous weapons technology — and if so — can we use these items to track the movement of peoples and/or ideas across the landscape? Through addressing these three central research questions, this volume creates an integrated understanding of osseous technology during a vital period in Modern Human cultural development which will be useful for students and advanced researchers alike. 

About the authors

Michelle is a Post Doctoral researcher in the School of Archaeology & Natural History at Australian National University. She received her PhD from the Institute of Archaeology at the The University of Oxford. 
Her current research is focused on the use of marine sourced raw materials for technology manufacture in early human communities. Her previous research has centered on investigating the maintenance (resharpening, repair, reuse, recycling) of Magdalenian barbed and unbarbed osseous projectile points; exploring the evidence for advanced and symbolic cognition in the Pleistocene archaeological records of Eurasia and Sahul (Greater Australia); and identifying the impact of taphonomic processes on these records. Issues surrounding the development and use of symbolic behaviour and social signalling technologies within Pleistocene Neanderthal and Modern Human populations remains the underlying focus of her research. 

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Late Pleistocene Osseous Projectile Technology and Cultural Variability

    Pages 1-11

    Langley, Michelle C.

  • Osseous Projectile Weaponry from Early to Late Middle Stone Age Africa

    Pages 15-29

    Backwell, Lucinda (et al.)

  • Bone Point Functional Diversity: A Cautionary Tale from Southern Africa

    Pages 31-40

    Bradfield, Justin

  • Early Upper Paleolithic Osseous Points from Croatia

    Pages 43-54

    Karavanic´, Ivor

  • Spanish Aurignacian Projectile Points: An Example of the First European Paleolithic Hunting Weapons in Osseous Materials

    Pages 55-69

    Tejero, José-Miguel

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Osseous Projectile Weaponry
Book Subtitle
Towards an Understanding of Pleistocene Cultural Variability
Editors
  • Michelle C. Langley
Series Title
Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-024-0899-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-024-0899-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-024-0897-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-1430-1
Series ISSN
1877-9077
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 257
Number of Illustrations
30 b/w illustrations, 53 illustrations in colour
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