Becoming Human: the Archaeological Challenge


in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 139, 2005 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263945
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734038 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Becoming Human: the Archaeological Challenge

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This chapter discusses the attempts of pinpointing the origins of humans, i.e. Homo sapiens sapiens. Due to the recent advances in archaeology, specifically in archaeogenetics, it has been determined that the Homo sapiens sapiens originated in Africa 200,000 years ago, and that the speciation phase of human development occurred before that time. The chapter shows that cognitive archaeology would need to analyse more carefully the nature of mind, as well as seek further insight into the processes that underlie the achievements that characterise those different trajectories of development and change.

Keywords: origins of humans; Homo sapiens sapiens; advances in archaeology; archaeogenetics; speciation phase; human development; cognitive archaeology; nature of mind; development and change

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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