Anthropology, archaeology, and the origin of warfare

  title={Anthropology, archaeology, and the origin of warfare},
  author={I. J. Thorpe},
  journal={World Archaeology},
  pages={145 - 165}
  • I. Thorpe
  • Published 1 April 2003
  • History
  • World Archaeology
The main theories of the origin of warfare - from evolutionary psychology, materialism, and historical contingency - are examined. Their implications and their use of anthropological evidence, especially for the Yanomamö of the Amazon, are explored, then their relationship to the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeological record. The early prehistoric evidence for conflict and warfare, mainly from Europe, is considered, from individual injuries, mostly from club wounds to the skull and death by… Expand
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