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By Colin Renfrew, Chris Scarre

This publication is the archaeologists' reaction to Merlin Donald's 1991 booklet, "Origins of the trendy brain: 3 phases within the Evolution of tradition and Cognition." Donald's ebook confirmed a developmental framework for knowing glossy human cognition. the ultimate degree, particularly, is of curiosity to archaeologists. it really is this degree, the advance of "External Symbolic Storage," that's the point of interest of the amount edited via Renfrew and Scarre. A bankruptcy by way of Donald abstracts the tips from the 1991 publication, and expands on them, so a interpreting of the sooner publication isn't essential to have fun with the tips during this quantity (though i'd suggest the 1991 ebook, that is a truly attention-grabbing read). the opposite chapters current archaeological examples of "external symbolic storage," starting from cave paintings to chinese language burial practices. Archaeologists with an curiosity in symbols, info garage and retrieval, or reminiscence, will locate this publication precious and thought-provoking.

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20. Top left: distal end of the Solutré rib. Top right: detail of the surface showing an entanglement of striations and traces of impacts gradually increasing in number towards the point. Bottom: SEM micrograph of the rib point showing highly abraded appearance. Scale = 1 mm. 21. Top: face A of the engraved spatula from Laugerie Basse (cat. no. 1252); centre: close-up view of the same face; bottom: detail of the opposite face (B). The object was consolidated with a product which has now decayed, producing a microflaking of the surface.

Examination of the ethnographic record revealed that up to four major factors can intervene in any AMS code: a) the morphology of elements, b) the spatial distribution of the elements, c) accumulation through time, and d) the number of elements (Fig. 2). If we take as as an example the Catholic rosary we find that its code is based on the spatial distribution of the information-bearing elements and on the morphology of those elements: in this case beads, separated by chains of different length (d’Errico 1995b).

13. Top: line rendition of the fragmentary reindeer metapodial from the Abri Labattut (cat. num. 2072) indicating the four sets carved by different cutting edges; centre: variation in the spacing between notches; bottom: variation of the angles formed by the notch walls. 14. SEM micrograph of notches B12–14. Use of the same tool can be recognized by observing the general shape of the marks and, in particular, their flat bottom. Scale = 1 mm. 15. Notches carved on the crest of the Labattut metapodial: A: A13; B: B12–14; C: C4; D: D1.

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