Prof Rob Foley

Signals in stone: what can we infer about hominin cognition and behaviour from lithics?

1:00pm - 2:00pm / Thursday 6th May 2021
Type: Webinar / Category: Department / Series: Evolutionary Archaeology Seminar Series
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Speaker: Prof Rob Foley
Affiliation: University of Cambridge
Stone tools have been used infer affinities, function, behaviour and cognition for many years, particularly in relation to recent human evolution. Much of this work was done in the context of a relatively simple model of human origins, where sharp distinctions could be made between ‘modern’ and ‘archaic’ hominins. This resulted in dichotomous models relating to the presence or absence of symbolic thought or language. However, the much longer, complex and mosaic-like nature of recent hominin evolution reduces the utility of these approaches. In this talk I will consider how we can develop a variable cognition model that is more sensitive to the diversity of hominin behaviour.

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