Wild Things 2.0: Further Advances in Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Research

Wild Things 2.0: Further Advances in Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Research


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Building on the first Wild Things volume (Oxbow Books 2014), which aimed to showcase the research putting archaeologists researching the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic at the cutting edge of understanding humanity's past, this collection of contributions presents recent research from an international group of both early career and established scientists.
Covering aspects of both Palaeolithic and Mesolithic research in order to encourage dialogue between practitioners of archaeology of both periods, contributions are also geographically diverse, touching on British, European, North American, and Asian archaeology. Topics covered include transitional periods, deer and people, stone tool technologies, pottery, land-use, antler frontlets, and the development of prehistoric archaeology an 'age of wonder'.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785709463
Publisher: Oxbow Books
Publication date: 10/10/2019
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.44(h) x (d)

About the Author

James Walker is a postgraduate researcher in the department of archaeology, University of Durham. He is a member of the Prehistory of Eurasia Research Group.

David Clinnick is currently a George Lyndon Hicks Fellow at the National Library of Singapore where he is conducting research into the archaeological investigations of Michael W. F. Tweedie and his colleagues. His Ph D research at Durham University looked at the evolution of the organizational behaviors of Neanderthals and early modern humans within a fission-fusion framework.

Helen Drinkall is an archaeological technician at the University of Durham. A member of the Prehistory of Eurasia Research Group, she specializes in lithic analysis, the British Lower Palaeolithic, hominin landscapes and mobility, GIS analysis, and OSL dating.

Stephanie Piper is an archaeologist with Archaeological Services, Durham University. Her research interests include the use of raw material distribution to trace hunter-gatherer movement and the impact of group contact/insularity, available raw materials, and subsistence strategies on regional technological and stylistic development.

Table of Contents

List of contributors

1. Introduction: More wild things James Walker and David Clinnick
2. A view from the tops: Combining an assemblage analysis and a Geographical Information Systems approach to investigate upland site function and landscape use in the Lower Palaeolithic of Britain Helen C. Drinkall
3. Clovis and the implications of the peopling of North America Alan M. Slade
4. Experimental magnetic susceptibility signatures for identifying hearths in the Mesolithic period in North East England, UK Lisa Snape and Mike J. Church
5. In the fringes, at the twilight: Encountering deer in the British Mesolithic Ben Elliott
6. Man's best friend? A critical perspective on human-animal relations from Natufian and Pre-Pottery Neolithic mortuary practices Gabrielle Borenstein
7. Empathy, cognition and the response to death in the Middle Palaeolithic: The emergence of postmortemism Suzi Wilson
8. Seeking the body: The nature of European Palaeolithic cave art and installation art Takashi Sakamoto
9.  Reflecting Magdalenian identities: Considering a functional duality for Middle to Late Magdalenian antler projectile points Michelle C. Langley
10.  Concealing traces of ‘untamed’ fire: The Mesolithic pottery makers and users of Japan Makoto Tomii
11. Naming neanderthalensis in Newcastle, 1863: The politics of a scientific meeting Miguel De Arce
12. George Busk and the remarkable Neanderthal Paige Madison

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