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Stone Tools in Human Evolution
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List of figures; List of tables; List of boxes; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction. Little questions vs big questions; 1. Why archaeologists misunderstand stone tools; 2. How we know what we think we know about stone tools; 3. Describing stone tools; 4. Stone cutting tools; 5. Logistical mobility; 6. Language and symbolic artifacts; 7. Dispersal and diaspora; 8. Residential sedentism; 9. Conclusion; Appendix 1. Traditional age-stages and industries; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.

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An exploration of how the evolution of behavioral differences between humans and other primates affected the archaeological stone tool evidence.

About the Author

John J. Shea is Professor of Anthropology at State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is the author of Stone Tools in the Paleolithic and Neolithic Near East: A Guide (2013) and co-editor of Out of Africa 1: The First Hominin Colonization of Eurasia (2010). Shea is also an expert flintknapper whose demonstrations of stone tool production and other ancestral technology skills appear in numerous television documentaries and in the National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC, as well as in the American Museum of Natural History, New York City.

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'A useful counterbalance to hidebound Paleolithic systematics, Stone Tools implements a better-grounded descriptive approach. It shows a way forward and therefore deserves close study.' Current Anthropology
'Designed for a readership of upper-division college and first-year archaeology graduate students (with 'boxes', plenty of line drawings, and a glossary of terms), but with a distinct message for all those who think about and research human evolution - biological and cultural - this interesting book has a valuable message. It is full of thought-provoking and sometimes provocative ideas.' Journal of Anthropological Research
'A useful counterbalance to hidebound Paleolithic systematics, Stone Tools implements a better-grounded descriptive approach. It shows a way forward and therefore deserves close study.' Current Anthropology
'Designed for a readership of upper-division college and first-year archaeology graduate students (with `boxes', plenty of line drawings, and a glossary of terms), but with a distinct message for all those who think about and research human evolution - biological and cultural - this interesting book has a valuable message. It is full of thought-provoking and sometimes provocative ideas.' Journal of Anthropological Research

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