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Stone Tools and Fossil Bones: Debates in the Archaeology of Human Origins. By Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo (ed.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012, 376 pp. ISBN 978-1-107-02292-8 £ 65.00 / US$ 99.00 (Hardback).

Stone Tools and Fossil Bones: Debates in the Archaeology of Human Origins. By Manuel... Book Review Stone Tools and Fossil Bones: Debates in the Archaeology of Human Origins. By Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo (ed.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012, 376 pp. ISBN 978-1-107-02292-8 £ 65.00 / US$ 99.00 (Hardback). This volume has a good feel to it -- a handsome compact book about the early archaeology of human evolution, all in one. Its title of stones and fossil bones gets straight to the raw material of enquiry, but the ideas of debate are at the heart of its ponderings. Those who work on the early phases of archaeology get accustomed to a gruelling struggle against very basic data which is often not what it seems. By page 2 of this collection edited by Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo, and which has a strong African focus, one realises that the field remains highly controversial, not so much in its actual raw material as in the wranglings over its theory. For any who are not familiar with the field, the central point is that around the time of the emergence of Homo, especially 2.5­1.5 million years ago, the cutmarks and toothmarks left on bones are crucial evidence of past activity, provided only that their static record can be reconstituted http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

Stone Tools and Fossil Bones: Debates in the Archaeology of Human Origins. By Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo (ed.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012, 376 pp. ISBN 978-1-107-02292-8 £ 65.00 / US$ 99.00 (Hardback).

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 11 (1): 115 – Oct 25, 2013

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© Copyright 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1612-1651
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Book Review Stone Tools and Fossil Bones: Debates in the Archaeology of Human Origins. By Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo (ed.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012, 376 pp. ISBN 978-1-107-02292-8 £ 65.00 / US$ 99.00 (Hardback). This volume has a good feel to it -- a handsome compact book about the early archaeology of human evolution, all in one. Its title of stones and fossil bones gets straight to the raw material of enquiry, but the ideas of debate are at the heart of its ponderings. Those who work on the early phases of archaeology get accustomed to a gruelling struggle against very basic data which is often not what it seems. By page 2 of this collection edited by Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo, and which has a strong African focus, one realises that the field remains highly controversial, not so much in its actual raw material as in the wranglings over its theory. For any who are not familiar with the field, the central point is that around the time of the emergence of Homo, especially 2.5­1.5 million years ago, the cutmarks and toothmarks left on bones are crucial evidence of past activity, provided only that their static record can be reconstituted

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Journal of African ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Oct 25, 2013

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