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The Archaeology Of Measurement

Author : Iain Morley
ISBN : 9780521119900
Genre : History
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Explores the archaeological evidence for the development of measuring activities in numerous ancient societies and the implications of these discoveries.
Category: History

Archaeological Theory Today

Author : Ian Hodder
ISBN : 9780745681009
Genre : Social Science
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Now in a revised and updated second edition, this volume provides an authoritative account of the current status of archaeological theory, as presented by some of its major exponents and innovators over recent decades. It summarizes the latest developments in the field and looks to its future, exploring some of the cutting-edge ideas at the forefront of the discipline. The volume captures the diversity of contemporary archaeological theory. Some authors argue for an approach close to the natural sciences, others for an engagement with cultural debate about representation of the past. Some minimize the relevance of culture to societal change, while others see it as central; some focus on the contingent and the local, others on long-term evolution. While few practitioners in theoretical archaeology would today argue for a unified disciplinary approach, the authors in this volume increasingly see links and convergences between their perspectives. The volume also reflects archaeology's new openness to external influences, as well as the desire to contribute to wider debates. The contributors examine ways in which archaeological evidence contributes to theories of evolutionary psychology, as well as to the social sciences in general, where theories of social relationships, agency, landscape and identity are informed by the long-term perspective of archaeology. The new edition of Archaeological Theory Today will continue to be essential reading for students and scholars in archaeology and in the social sciences more generally.
Category: Social Science

Ancient Complex Societies

Author : Jennifer C. Ross
ISBN : 9781315305615
Genre : Social Science
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Ancient Complex Societies examines the archaeological evidence for the rise and functioning of politically and socially “complex” cultures in antiquity. Particular focus is given to civilizations exhibiting positions of leadership, social and administrative hierarchies, emerging and already developed complex religious systems, and economic differentiation. Case studies are drawn from around the globe, including Asia, the Mediterranean region, and the American continents. Using case studies from Africa, Polynesia, and North America, discussion is dedicated to identifying what “complex” means and when it should be applied to ancient systems. Each chapter attempts to not only explore the sociopolitical and economic elements of ancient civilizations, but to also present an overview of what life was like for the later population within each system, sometimes drilling down to individual people living their daily lives. Throughout the chapters, the authors address problems with the idea of complexity, the incomparability of cultures, and the inconsistency of archaeological and historical evidence in reconstructing ancient cultures.
Category: Social Science

The Power Of Knowledge

Author : Jeremy Black
ISBN : 9780300198546
Genre : History
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Information is power. For more than five hundred years the success or failure of nations has been determined by a country’s ability to acquire knowledge and technical skill and transform them into strength and prosperity. Leading historian Jeremy Black approaches global history from a distinctive perspective, focusing on the relationship between information and society and demonstrating how the understanding and use of information have been the primary factors in the development and character of the modern age. Black suggests that the West’s ascension was a direct result of its institutions and social practices for acquiring, employing, and retaining information and the technology that was ultimately produced. His cogent and well-reasoned analysis looks at cartography and the hardware of communication, armaments and sea power, mercantilism and imperialism, science and astronomy, as well as bureaucracy and the management of information, linking the history of technology with the history of global power while providing important indicators for the future of our world.
Category: History

How Things Shape The Mind

Author : Lambros Malafouris
ISBN : 9780262315678
Genre : Psychology
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An increasingly influential school of thought in cognitive science views the mind as embodied, extended, and distributed rather than brain-bound or "all in the head." This shift in perspective raises important questions about the relationship between cognition and material culture, posing major challenges for philosophy, cognitive science, archaeology, and anthropology. In How Things Shape the Mind, Lambros Malafouris proposes a cross-disciplinary analytical framework for investigating the ways in which things have become cognitive extensions of the human body. Using a variety of examples and case studies, he considers how those ways might have changed from earliest prehistory to the present. Malafouris's Material Engagement Theory definitively adds materiality -- the world of things, artifacts, and material signs -- into the cognitive equation. His account not only questions conventional intuitions about the boundaries and location of the human mind but also suggests that we rethink classical archaeological assumptions about human cognitive evolution.
Category: Psychology

Tying The Threads Of Eurasia

Author : Toby C. Wilkinson
ISBN : UCSD:31822039648142
Genre : History
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The famous 'Silk Roads' have long evoked a romantic picture of travel through colourful civilizations, but how far back can we trace these trade-networks?
Category: History

La Th Orie Sensorielle I Les Analogies Sensorielles

Author : Philippe Roi
ISBN : 9781622874842
Genre : Science
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Au 4e millénaire avant notre ère, dans le sud de la Mésopotamie, les Urukéens inventent sept outils remarquables : l'araire, le moule à briques normalisé, l'écriture, la comptabilité, la harpe, le métier à tisser vertical et l'image de cônes. Or, toutes ces inventions sont calquées sur des mécanismes biologiques qui permettent aux organes sensoriels de transmettre leurs informations au cerveau. Comment les Urukéens ont-ils pu inventer ces instruments dont les dispositifs sont tout à fait analogues à des mécanismes biologiques pourtant microscopiques, alors qu'ils ne disposaient d'aucune technologie pour les observer ? Pour répondre à cette question, les auteurs de La Théorie Sensorielle ont, pour la première fois, reliés des savoirs jusqu'alors fragmentés et compartimentés entre diverses disciplines. Leurs recherches sur le codage et le traitement de l'information par le cerveau ont été réalisées avec la collaboration de biologistes, de neurologues et de médecins spécialistes (INSERM, CNRS, Institut des Neurosciences de Montpellier, ESPCI-Laboratoire de Neurobiologie, Institut Pasteur, Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, Institut Cochin) mais aussi d'archéologues et d'historiens (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Musée du Louvre, Vorderasiatisches Museum, Université de la Sorbonne, UCLA, University of London, EHESS).
Category: Science

Das R Tsel Der Donauzivilisation

Author : Harald Haarmann
ISBN : 9783406622113
Genre : History
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In den letzten Jahren haben Archäologen immer mehr Belege dafür gefunden, dass es zwischen dem 6. und dem 4. Jahrtausend v. Chr. auf dem Balkan eine Hochkultur gab, die bereits vor den Mesopotamiern die Schrift kannte. Harald Haarmann führt in diesem Buch erstmals umfassend in diese bisher unbekannte, in vielem noch rätselhafte alteuropäische Kultur ein. Er beschreibt Handelswege und Siedlungen, Kunst und Handwerk, Mythologie und Schrift der Donauzivilisation, geht ihren Ursprüngen am Schwarzen Meer nach und zeigt auf, welchen Einfluss sie auf die Kultur der griechischen Antike und des Vorderen Orients hatte.
Category: History

The Prehistory Of Music

Author : Iain Morley
ISBN : 9780191502095
Genre : Social Science
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Music is possessed by all human cultures, and archaeological evidence for musical activities pre-dates even the earliest-known cave art. Music has been the subject of keen investigation across a great diversity of fields, from neuroscience and psychology to ethnography, archaeology, and its own dedicated field, musicology. Despite the great contributions that these studies have made towards understanding musical behaviours, much remains mysterious about this ubiquitous human phenomenon - not least, its origins. In a ground-breaking study, this volume brings together evidence from these fields, and more, in investigating the evolutionary origins of our musical abilities, the nature of music, and the earliest archaeological evidence for musical activities amongst our ancestors. Seeking to understand the true relationship between our unique musical capabilities and the development of the remarkable social, emotional, and communicative abilities of our species, it will be essential reading for anyone interested in music and human physical and cultural evolution.
Category: Social Science