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Structured Worlds: The Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherer Thought and Action (Aubrey Cannon) Hardcover Book, (Acumen Publishing, 2010) 9781845530808


Title: Structured Worlds: The Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherer Thought and Action

Author: Cannon, Aubrey

Additional Authors or Contributors: (ed)

Publisher: Acumen Publishing; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781845530808

Volumes: 1; Pages: 288

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The book demonstrates the critical role of cosmology, values, and perceptions in the archaeological histories of hunter-fisher-gatherers. It serves as a complement to prevailing views of foraging cultures as closely constrained by environment and technology. Examples from Mesolithic Europe, Siberia, Jomon Japan, and the Northwest Coast, northern Plains, and High Arctic of North America show the role of conceptual frameworks in the configuration of subsistence and settlement, technology, mobility, migration, demography, and social organization. They also show the structuring influence of perception and belief in shaping everyday actions and longer-term responses to change, and further illustrate how structures of thought and action mutually define one another as they shape developments over time. The volume examines cultures dating from the early Holocene to the present day and uses information drawn from archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, and ethnography to illustrate the active role of beliefs, ritual, and social values in how foragers perceive and interact with the physical and social landscape. Individual studies use the evidence of artifacts, animal bones, features, and settlement patterns to show how these remains and the systems of behaviour they represent were shaped as much by cultural conceptions as by material need and environmental opportunity.

Contents

1 Introduction

AUBREY CANNON

2 Material Culture Perspectives on the Worldview of Northern Hunter-Gatherers

PETER JORDAN

3 Humans, Material Culture and Landscape: Outline to an Understanding of Developments in Worldviews on the Scandinavian Peninsula, ca. 10,000-4500 BP

INGRID FUGLESTVEDT

4 Cosmology and Everyday Perception in Northwest Coast Production, Reproduction, and Settlement

AUBREY CANNON

5 The Structured World of the Niitsitapi: The Landscape as Historical Archive among Hunter-Gatherers of the orthern Plains

GERALD A. OETELAAR AND D. JOY OETELAAR

6 Landscape Learning and Lithic Technology: Seasonal Mobility, Enculturation and Tool Apprenticeship among the Early Palaeo-Eskimos

S. BROOKE MILNE

7 Making Space in the Late Mesolithic of Britain

LESLEY MCFADYEN

8 Why Does Difference Matter? The Creation of Personhood and the Categorisation of Food among Prehistoric Fisher-Gatherer-Hunters of Northern Europe

LILIANA JANIK

9 Using Worldwide Samples in Understanding the Mesolithic-Neolithic Transition in Northern Europe

HELENA KNUTSSON

10 Figurines, Circular Settlements and Jomon Worldviews

NAOKO MATSUMOTO

11 The Involution of Complexity in Jomon Japan

SIMON KANER

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