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    The Ancient Mind: Elements of Cognitive Archaeology (New Directions in Archaeology) (Paperback) Edited by Colin Renfrew, Edited by Ezra B. W. Zubrow, Series edited by Wendy Ashmore, Series edited by Francoise Audouze, Series edited by Cyprian Broodbank, Series edited by Tim Murray, Series edited by Colin Renfrew, Series edited by Nathan Schlanger, Series edited by Andrew Sherratt, Series edited by Timothy Taylor

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    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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    Title
    The Ancient Mind
    Subtitle
    Elements of Cognitive Archaeology
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Colin Renfrew, Edited by Ezra B. W. Zubrow, Series edited by Wendy Ashmore, Series edited by Francoise Audouze, Series edited by Cyprian Broodbank, Series edited by Tim Murray, Series edited by Colin Renfrew, Series edited by Nathan Schlanger, Series edited by Andrew Sherratt, Series edited by Timothy Taylor
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 212
    Width: 188 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 458 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521456203
    ISBN 10: 0521456207
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25520
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3B
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: HDA
    DC22: 930.1/01
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 930.101
    DC20: 930.101
    LC classification: CC175 .A53 1994
    Thema V1.0: NKA
    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    41 b/w illus. 6 maps 15 tables
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    26 October 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    "...an important reference work for any library that attempts to stay abreast of current developments in archaeology." Dennis E. Smith, Religious Studies Review
    Table of contents
    Foreword; Part I. Introduction: 1. Towards a cognitive archaeology; Part II. The Interdisciplinary Underpinning: 2. Interpretations and testability in theories about prehistoric thinking; 3. Archaeology and cognitive science; 4. From mental modularity to generalized intelligence: a cognitive interpretation of the Middle/Upper Paleolithic transition; 5. Are images animated? The psychology of images in Ancient Greece; Part III. Approaches to Cult Practice and Transcendental Belief Systems: 6. The archaeology of religion; 7. Ancient Zapotec ritual and religion: an application of the direct historical approach; 8. The meaning of death; 9. Prehistoric cognition and the science of archaeology; Part IV. Prehistoric Conceptions of Space and Time: 10. Symbols and signposts: understanding the prehistoric petroglyphs of the British Isles; 11. Knowledge representation and archaeology: a cognitive example using GIS; 12 Dials: a study in the physical representation of cognitive systems; Part V. The Material Basis of Cognitive Inference: Technology: 13. Cognitive aspects of 'technique'; 14. Mindful technology: unleashing the Chaine Operatoire for an archaeology of mind; 15. Prehistoric technology: a cognitive science?; Part VI. The Material Basis of Cognitive Inference: Writing Systems; 16. Variation and change in symbol systems: case studies in Elamite Cuneiform; 17. Figure and text in Mesopotamia: match and mismatch; Part VII. Conclusion: 18. Cognitive archaeology reconsidered.