Paleolithic Ornaments: Implications for Cognition, Demography and Identity

  title={Paleolithic Ornaments: Implications for Cognition, Demography and Identity},
  author={Steven L. Kuhn and Mary C. Stiner},
  pages={40 - 48}
Beads and other ‘body ornaments’ are very widespread components of the archaeological record of early modern humans (Homo sapiens). They appear first in the Middle Stone Age in Africa, and somewhat later in the Early Upper Paleolithic of Eurasia. The manufacture and use of ornaments is widely considered to be evidence for significant developments in human cognition. In our view, the appearance of these objects represents the interaction of evolved cognitive capacities with changing social and… 

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