The Ancient Mind
Elements of Cognitive Archaeology
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Ancient Mind by Lord Colin Renfrew
Book DescriptionOne of the most troubling problems in archaeology is to determine the manner and content of prehistoric thought. A fundamental challenge is to develop the theory, methodology and tools to understand human cognition. Cognitive archaeology as a subject is still in its infancy, and archaeologists are adopting a variety of approaches. One direction has been to develop an 'interpretationist', anti-scientific, literary approach. Another has been to use a linguistic framework and develop a hermeneutic, semiotic approach. A third approach develops a new direction in prehistoric cognitive research which is rooted in the scientific tradition and in an empirical methodology. It draws upon the cognitive, the mathematical and the computer sciences in an attempt to understand what techniques can be used appropriately on archaeological data, and how to implement them efficiently. This is the approach adopted by the contributors to The Ancient Mind. Together, they begin to develop a science of cognitive archaeology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521456203
(246mm x 189mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-May-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Lord Colin Renfrew
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Death Rituals, Social Order and the Archaeology of Immortality in the Ancient World, Hardback (November 2015)
This volume, with essays by leading archaeologists and prehistorians, considers how prehistoric humans attempted to recognise, understand and conceptualise death.
Cambridge World Prehistory, Hardback (May 2014)View all books by Lord Colin Renfrew
The Cambridge World Prehistory provides a systematic and authoritative examination of the prehistory of every region around the world.
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