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The Master of the Masek Beds: Handaxes, Art, and the Minds of Early Humans<sup>1</sup>

Gregory Currie

in The Aesthetic Mind

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199691517
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731815 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691517.003.0002
The Master of the Masek Beds: Handaxes, Art, and the Minds of Early Humans1

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I investigate the significance of what seems to be very early aesthetic activity among our ancestors as far back as one million years ago. I consider the hypothesis that this activity was the result of the pressures of sexual selection, and argue that accepting this hypothesis is consistent with regarding these artefacts are aesthetic ones, and treating the activity which produced them as significantly related to fully artistic activity.

Keywords: artefacts; aesthetic activity; sexual selection; handaxes

Chapter.  11303 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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