Cognition and symbolism in human evolution

The issue of the cognitive evolution of hominin species, much neglected or misinterpreted by archaeology, is considered in a philosophical and scientific perspective in this course. Human constructs of reality, it is proposed, have been created since self-referential consciousness began governing human thought. The most promising potential sources of information about the intellectual advances heralding human consciousness are very early intentional markings and other manifestations of culturally mediated human awareness. They are presented in this course. Beads, for instance, are likely to be key markers of early human constructs of the self.

The epistemology of Pleistocene archaeology

Introduction Of all the numerous branches of archaeology, which range from Pliocene hominin studies to modern industrial archaeology, from archaeometry to numismatics, Pleistocene archaeology is perhaps the one most susceptible to speculative hypotheses. Of all the millions of propositions ever made during the past couple of centuries about the human past of the Ice Ages, […]