The nature of human social life

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

The nature of human social life

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‘The nature of human social life’ investigates the characteristics of early human social structures and the varying forms and definitions of intelligence, through evidence found at a series of archaeological sites. Although early investigators of the prehistoric thought little of early human intelligence, by learning the importance of the aesthetic and sensory skills and values of our ancestors it is possible to develop a greater appreciation and understanding of their culture and social priorities. While ancient tribes may initially appear backward, further examination often reveals rich cultures, possessing unique myths and distinct social identity.

Keywords: death; language; magic; pottery; textile

Chapter.  9788 words.  Illustrated.

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

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