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Cognitive Models in Palaeolithic Archaeology$
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Thomas Wynn and Frederick L. Coolidge

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190204112

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190204112.001.0001

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Evolutionary Cognitive Archaeology

Evolutionary Cognitive Archaeology

(p.1) 1 Evolutionary Cognitive Archaeology
Cognitive Models in Palaeolithic Archaeology

Thomas Wynn

Oxford University Press

The chapter introduces the methods used to study hominin cognitive evolution, and the author presents a brief, idiosyncratic history of evolutionary cognitive archaeology itself. Evolutionary cognitive archaeology (ECA) is a branch of prehistoric archaeology that focuses on the evolution of the human mind. As such, its geographic and temporal remit is vast, encompassing all of human thought from the first stone tools 3.3 million years ago to the appearance of human civilization some 5,000 years ago. As a method of enquiry, evolutionary cognitive archaeology emerged over the course of the final three decades of the 20th century as archaeologists learned to apply explicit models of cognitive function to hominin material culture remains. Today, evolutionary cognitive archaeology derives its interpretive power from a variety of explicit cognitive science models and has begun to describe the elaborate mosaic that was hominin cognitive evolution.

Keywords:   Cognition, archaeology, hominin, evolution, mosaic, history

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