Neanderthal Technoeconomics

An Assessment and Suggestions for Future Developments

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This paper reviews results from economically-oriented studies of Middle Paleolithic technologies. Findings on raw material exploitation have shown conclusively that Middle Paleolithic hominins, mainly Neanderthals, were extremely flexible, able to respond to a range of different constraints on the availability of stone and the organization of tasks on landscapes. Overall, studies of raw material economics show a remarkable level of consistency in modal and maximum distances of raw material transport and in the nature of and treatment of transported artifacts. This indicates that results are methodologically and empirically robust, and reveals important commonalities in hominin behavior. Research on raw material economy may also be limited a widespread focus on aggregate, assemblage-level observations. The next phase of methodological development should concentrate on the use of intra-assemblage variation as a means of investigating internally diversified prehistoric populations. A paradoxical feature of variation in artifact design and investment illustrate the importance of considering intra-group variation in behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
PublisherSpringer
Pages99-110
Number of pages12
Edition9789400704145
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

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NameVertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
Number9789400704145
ISSN (Print)1877-9077

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Keywords

  • Economy
  • Lithic technology
  • Raw material
  • Social organization
  • • Mobility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Palaeontology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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Kuhn, S. L. (2011). Neanderthal Technoeconomics: An Assessment and Suggestions for Future Developments. In Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology (9789400704145 ed., pp. 99-110). (Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology; No. 9789400704145). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0415-2_10

Neanderthal Technoeconomics : An Assessment and Suggestions for Future Developments. / Kuhn, Steven L.

Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology. 9789400704145. ed. Springer, 2011. p. 99-110 (Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology; No. 9789400704145).

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Kuhn, SL 2011, Neanderthal Technoeconomics: An Assessment and Suggestions for Future Developments. in Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology. 9789400704145 edn, Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology, no. 9789400704145, Springer, pp. 99-110. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0415-2_10
Kuhn SL. Neanderthal Technoeconomics: An Assessment and Suggestions for Future Developments. In Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology. 9789400704145 ed. Springer. 2011. p. 99-110. (Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology; 9789400704145). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0415-2_10
Kuhn, Steven L. / Neanderthal Technoeconomics : An Assessment and Suggestions for Future Developments. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology. 9789400704145. ed. Springer, 2011. pp. 99-110 (Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology; 9789400704145).
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