Whose place is it anyway? Spaces and Places in the Middle Stone Age

Laura Basell (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Talk given in session I organised Deja Vu? From space to "place" in prehistory.

Abstract: Issues of place are more readily discussed in relation to later periods of prehistory from the Upper Palaeolithic onwards. This is related to availability of wider array of material culture on which to draw and the fact that Homo sapiens
sapiens were the only extant hom in in species by that time. During the MSA and Middle Palaeolithic however, different hominin species or sub-species co-existed, and it is during this period that Homo sapiens sapiens appeared. This paper will explore two themes using the MSA/Middle Palaeolithic archaeological records of Africa and Europe. Firstly, whether it is possible to consider" place" during these time-frames, beyond ecologically based interpretations, given the resolution of the archaeological record and the type of artefacts we have. And secondly what the implications of hominin coexistence might be to such interpretations.
Period16 Dec 2006
Event titleTheoretical Archaeology Group
Event typeConference
LocationExeter, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational