“Climate, Environment and Early Human Innovation: Stable Isotope and Faunal Proxy Evidence from Archaeological Sites (98-59ka) in the Southern Cape, South Africa”

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Roberts, P., C. S. Henshilwood, K. L. van Niekerk, P. Keene, A. Gledhill, J. Reynard, S. Badenhorst and J. Lee-Thorp. 2016 PLoS One 11(7):e0157408.

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The Middle Stone Age (MSA) of southern Africa, and in particular its Still Bay and Howiesons Poort lithic traditions, represents a period of dramatic subsistence, cultural, and technological innovation by Continue reading

“From hominins to humans: how sapiens became behaviourally modern”

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K. Sterelny. 2011. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, vol. 366, pp. 809–822.
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This paper contributes to a debate in the palaeoarchaeological community about the major time-lag between the origin of anatomically modern humans and the appearance of Continue reading

“A Paleolithic Reciprocation Crisis: Symbols, Signals, and Norms”

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K. Sterelny. 2014. Biological Theory, vol. 9, pp 65-77.
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Within paleoanthropology, the origin of behavioral modernity is a famous problem. Very large-brained hominins have lived for around half a million years, yet social lives resembling those known from the ethnographic record appeared perhaps 100,000 years ago. Why did it take 400,000 years for humans to start acting like humans? Continue reading

“Impact of fossil fuel emissions on atmospheric radiocarbon and various applications of radiocarbon over this century”

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Graven, H. D. 2015. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,  Vol. 112, pp. 9542-9545.
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Radiocarbon analyses are commonly used in a broad range of fields, including earth science, archaeology, forgery detection, isotope forensics, and physiology. Many applications are sensitive to the radiocarbon (14C) content of atmospheric CO2, which has varied since 1890 as a result Continue reading

“Paleolithic population growth pulses evidenced by small animal exploitation”

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M. Stiner et al. 1999. Science. 283:190-194.
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Variations in small game hunting along the northern and eastern rims of the Mediterranean Sea and results from predator-prey simulation modeling indicate that human population densities Continue reading

“Archaeology of the Anthropocene in the Yellow River region, China, 8000−2000 cal. BP”

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Yijie Zhuang and Tristram R Kidder. 2014. The Holocene, Vol. 24, No. 11, pp. 1602 –1623.
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Although archaeological analysis emphasizes the importance of climatic events as a driver of historical processes, we use a variety of environmental and archaeological data to show that Continue reading

“Diachronous beginnings of the Anthropocene: The lower bounding surface of anthropogenic deposits”

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Edgeworth, M., deB Richter, D., Waters, C., Haff, P., Neal, C. & Price, S. J. 2015. The Anthropocene Review, pp. 1-26.

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Across a large proportion of Earth’s ice-free land surfaces, a solid-phase stratigraphic boundary marks the division between humanly modified ground and natural geological deposits. At its clearest, the division takes the form of Continue reading

“Futurologists Look Back”

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Sassaman, Kenneth E. 2012. Archaeologies, 8, pp. 250-268.
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The gulf between indigenous and western experiences in the Americas may appear so vast as to obscure the relevance of knowledge about the ancient past to challenges of today. Yet, in imaging alternative futures, people of varied cultural dispositions find Continue reading

“Forum: Archaeology of the Anthropocene”

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Edgeworth, M., Benjamin, J., Clarke, B., Crossland, Z., Domanska, E., Gorman, A. C., Graves-Brown, P., Harris, E. C., Hudson, M. J., Kelley, J. M., Paz, V. J., Salerno, M. A., Witmore, C. & Zarankin, A. 2014. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 1,1, pp. 73-132.
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What role will archaeology play in the Anthropocene – the proposed new geological epoch marked by human impact on Earth systems? That is the question discussed by thirteen archaeologists and other scholars from Continue reading

“Shell middens and other anthropogenic soils as global stratigraphic signatures of the Anthropocene”

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Jon M. Erlandson. 2013. Anthropocene, 4, pp. 24-32.
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Evidence for aquatic foraging, fishing, and scavenging by hominins dates back at least two million years, but aquatic resource use intensified with Continue reading

“Some Reflections on Heritage and Archaeology in the Anthropocene”

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Solli, B., M. Burström, E. Domanska, M. Edgeworth, A. González-Ruibal, C. Holtorf, G. Lucas, T. Oestigaard, L. Smith and C. Witmore. 2011. Norwegian Archaeological Review. Vol. 44, No. 1, pp. 40-88.
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Are we now living in a new geological epoch called the Anthropocene? Geo-scientists discuss whether there is Continue reading