Wild Things 2: Further Advances in Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Research [Paperback]

James Walker (Editor); David Clinnick (Editor)

ISBN: 9781785709463 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English 208p, H240 x W170 (mm)

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Wild Things 2


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'.

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 DeArce
12. George Busk and the remarkable Neanderthal Paige Madison

Reviews & Quotes

"[…] a diverse and engaging volume, aimed at anyone interested in prehistoric archaeology. […] Together, these are fascinating, diverse papers with a great deal of relevance for both the past and present, and with something to interest any prehistoric archaeologist, or simply anyone with an interest in prehistory."
Taryn Bell
Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society (01/05/2020)

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