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Squeezing Minds From Stones: Cognitive Archaeology and the Evolution of the Human Mind

Karenleigh A. Overmann and Frederick L. Coolidge


This anthology celebrates 40 years of an archaeology of mind, the investigation of how the modern human mind emerged, as discerned through material artifacts such as the stone tools used throughout the Paleolithic and the hunting technologies and numbers found in the Neolithic. The contributions by established and emerging scholars cover a wide variety of topics in cognitive archaeology, including the evolutionary bases for cognition, how stone tools may reflect the brains and minds of their makers, when and how stone tools move from the practical to the aesthetic, and the social implications ... More

Keywords: cognitive archaeology, cognitive evolution, cumulative culture, lithic technology, material culture, neuroarchaeology, stone tools

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190854614
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190854614.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karenleigh A. Overmann, editor
Researcher, Cognitive Archaeology, University of Bergen, Norway

Frederick L. Coolidge, editor
Professor of Psychology, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

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Front Matter


Karenleigh A. Overmann and Frederick L. Coolidge

1 A Simian View of the Oldowan

William C. McGrew, Tiago Falótico, Michael D. Gumert, and Eduardo B. Ottoni

2 Homo artifex

Dietrich Stout

7 Hominin Evolution and Stone Tool Scavenging and Reuse in the Lower Paleolithic

Adam Brumm, Matt Pope, Mathieu Leroyer, and Kate Emery

10 Testing Models of Handedness in Stone Tools

Natalie Uomini and Lana Ruck

13 The Handaxe Aesthetic

Thomas Wynn and Tony Berlant

15 In Three Minds

Cory Stade and Clive Gamble

19 The Enhanced Working Memory Model

Frederick L. Coolidge

23 Epilogue

Thomas Wynn

End Matter