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Archaeopress Archaeology


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Human origins; evolution; early Hominids; Landscape archaeology; festschrifte; John Gowlett

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Contributions in Honour of John Gowlett

Edited by James Cole, John McNabb, Matt Grove, Rob Hosfield

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Fourteen papers are presented here in honour of John Gowlett. John has a wide range of research interests primarily focused on the human genus Homo and is a world leader in understanding the cognitive and behavioural preconditions necessary for the emergence of complex behaviours such as language and art.



Foreword - James Cole, John McNabb, Matt Grove and Rob Hosfield ;
A Good Man in Africa: John Gowlett’s Writings on Africa and its Hominin Archaeology from the late 1970s to the early 2000s - John McNabb ;
Brain Size Evolution in the Hominin Clade - Andrew Du and Bernard Wood ;
Australopithecus or Homo? The postcranial evidence - Robin H. Crompton ;
Evolutionary Diversity and Adaptation in Early Homo - Alan Bilsborough and Bernard Wood ;
Rift Dynamics and Archaeological Sites: Acheulean Land Use in Geologically Unstable Settings - Simon Kübler, Geoff Bailey, Stephen Rucina, Maud Devès and Geoffrey C.P. King ;
How many handaxes make an Acheulean? A case study from the SHK-Annexe site, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania - Ignacio de la Torre and Rafael Mora ;
An Acheulian Balancing Act: A Multivariate Examination of Size and Shape in Handaxes from Amanzi Springs, Eastern Cape, South Africa - Matthew V. Caruana and Andy I. R. Herries ;
Reflections on Possible Zoomorphic Acheulean bifaces from Southwestern Algeria - Thomas Wynn, Mohamed Sahnouni, Tony Berlant and Claude Douce ;
Variable cognition in the evolution of Homo: biology and behaviour in the African Middle Stone Age - Robert A. Foley and Marta Mirazón Lahr ;
Initial source evaluation of archaeological obsidian from Middle Stone Age site Kilombe GqJ h3 West 200, Kenya, East Africa - Sally Hoare, Stephen Rucina and John A.J. Gowlett ;
The eternal triangle of human evolution - Clive Gamble ;
Climate, Fire and the Biogeography of Palaeohominins (Robin I.M. Dunbar) [Open Access: Download] ;
Fire, the Hearth (ocak) and Social Life: examples from an Alevi community in Anatolia - David Shankland ;
From Specialty to Specialist: a citation analysis of Evolutionary Anthropology, Palaeolithic Archaeology and the work of John Gowlett 1970-2018 - Anthony Sinclair

About the Author

James Cole is Principal Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Brighton. He has undertaken Palaeolithic fieldwork in the UK, Albania, Greece, Kenya and Tanzania; and his research focuses on the Lower and early Middle Palaeolithic (Europe) and Early and Middle Stone Age (Africa). He is particularly interested in interpreting hominin behaviours from the material culture record in regards to understanding cognitive ability and potential. ;

John McNabb is Senior Lecturer in Palaeolithic Archaeology at the University of Southampton. He has undertaken Palaeolithic fieldwork in the UK, Greece, South Africa and Tanzania. His research interests explore the meaning of stone tool variability in the African and European Palaeolithic, and what that might mean for social and cognitive evolution. He has researched the history of human origins research, in particular as it was reflected in Victorian and Edwardian fiction. ;

Matt Grove is Reader in Evolutionary Anthropology in the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. His research examines the impact of climatic change and variability on human evolution, with a particular focus on the manifestations of behavioural plasticity in the archaeological record of Homo sapiens in eastern Africa. ;

Rob Hosfield is Associate Professor in Palaeolithic Archaeology at the University of Reading. He has undertaken Palaeolithic fieldwork in the UK and Africa (Sudan), and his research has focused on Lower and early Middle Palaeolithic hominin settlement histories, survival strategies and material culture.


'... some excellent contributions and a worthy homage to the continuing career of one of the discipline’s true 'master craftsmen'. - Dave Underhill (2020): Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa