The Prehistoric Development of Clothing: Archaeological Implications of a Thermal Model

  title={The Prehistoric Development of Clothing: Archaeological Implications of a Thermal Model},
  author={Ian Gilligan},
  journal={Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory},
  • I. Gilligan
  • Published 6 January 2010
  • Geography
  • Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory
This paper presents a thermal model for the prehistoric origin and development of clothing. A distinction is drawn between simple and complex forms of clothing, with broad implications for the interpretation of paleolithic technological transitions and the emergence of modern human behavior. Physiological principles and paleoenvironmental data are harnessed to identify conditions requiring simple, loosely draped garments and the more challenging conditions that demanded additional protection in… 
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