Neanderthals: A History of Interpretation

  title={Neanderthals: A History of Interpretation},
  author={Julia R. R. Drell},
  journal={Oxford Journal of Archaeology},
Summary. This paper investigates the history of Neanderthal construction in different domains of social life and media. It establishes three broad tendencies within Neanderthal reconstructions: following the expulsion of Neanderthals from ‘humanity’ in the nineteenth century and first half of the twentieth century, the 1950s are characterized by a shift in this perception. From then, Neanderthals appear as essentially human creatures trapped in archaic bodies. Following this initial ideological… 

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