Human skills and experiences

Chris Gosden

in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780192803436
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191775789 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

Human skills and experiences

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‘Human skills and experiences’ considers the nature of intelligence, together with the evidence and theories behind the origins of humanity and the difficulties of investigating early human behaviour. In studying prehistory it is necessary to move past conventional definitions of intelligence, focusing on practical applications of knowledge and skills rather than communication. The real questions about the origins of humanity relate to social interaction and behaviour, which requires a great deal of inference from the evidence available. It is therefore extremely difficult to define human origins, and the geographic and chronological specifics remain an ongoing source of controversy.

Keywords: burial; century; David; death; evolution; exchange; flint; language; power; technology; time

Chapter.  5085 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology ; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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