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Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Oldowan

  • Erella Hovers
  • David R. Braun

Part of the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (VERT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. David R. Braun, Erella Hovers
    Pages 1-14
  3. Eudald Carbonell, Robert Sala, Deborah Barsky, Vincenzo Celiberti
    Pages 25-37
  4. Mark W. Moore, Adam Brumm
    Pages 61-69
  5. David R. Braun, Thomas W. Plummer, Peter W. Ditchfield, Laura C. Bishop, Joseph V. Ferraro
    Pages 99-110
  6. Marcello Piperno, Carmine Collina, Rosalia Gallotti, Jean-Paul Raynal, Guy Kieffer, Francois-Xavier le Bourdonnec et al.
    Pages 111-128
  7. Thomas W. Plummer, Laura C. Bishop, Peter W. Ditchfield, Joseph V. Ferraro, John D. Kingston, Fritz Hertel et al.
    Pages 149-160
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 161-163

About this book


An understanding of the uniquely human behavior of stone tool making tackles questions about hominins’ ability to culturally transmit and expand their base of social and practical knowledge and their cognitive capacities for advanced planning. The appearance of stone tools has often been viewed as a threshold event, impacting directly and profoundly the later course of cultural and social evolution. Alternatively, it has been understood as a prelude to significant succeeding changes in behavioral, social and biological evolution of hominins. This book presents a series of recent enquiries into the technological and adaptive significance of Oldowan stone tools. While anchored in a long research tradition, these studies rely on recent discoveries and innovative analyses of the archaeological record of ca. 2.6 – 1.0 million years ago in Africa and Eurasia, dealing with the earliest lithic industries as manifestations of hominin adaptations and as expressions of hominin cognitive abilities.


Kenya Lithic technology Meat eating Oldowan Paleoenvironment Raw material selectivity stone tools

Editors and affiliations

  • Erella Hovers
    • 1
  • David R. Braun
    • 2
  1. 1.The Institute of ArchaeologyThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Department of ArchaeologyUniversity of Cape TownRondeboschSouth Africa

About the editors

Erella Hovers focuses on Oldowan and Middle Stone Age archaeology in Africa and on the Middle Paleolithic of the Levant. She is the co-editor (with Steve Kuhn) of "Transitions Before the Tansition" (Springer 2006) and the author of "The Organization of Mousterian Lithic Technology in Qafzeh Cave, Israel" (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2009). She is a senior lecturer in the Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jersualem.

David R. Braun’s research is centered on the relationship between around the earliest stone artifact behavior and the ecology of our earliest ancestors. His research is conducted in Kenya, South Africa and China. He is a lecturer in the department of archaeology in the University of Cape Town.

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