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Consciousness, Creativity, and Self at the Dawn of Settled Life

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  • Editor: Ian Hodder, Stanford University, California
Ian Hodder, Lisa Maher, Marion Benz, Michael Wheeler, Lucy Bennison-Chapman, Marek Z. Baranski, Chris Thornton, Olivier Nieuwenhuyse, Nazli Gurlek, John Sutton, Milena Vasic, Scott D. Haddow, Eline M. J. Schotsmans, Marco Milella, Marin A. Pilloud, Belinda Tibbets, Christopher J. Knusel, Anna Fagan
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  • Date Published: March 2020
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108484923

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  • Over recent years, a number of scholars have argued that the human mind underwent a cognitive revolution in the Neolithic. This volume seeks to test these claims at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Turkey and in other Neolithic contexts in the Middle East. It brings together cognitive scientists who have developed theoretical frameworks for the study of cognitive change, archaeologists who have conducted research into cognitive change in the Neolithic of the Middle East, and the excavators of the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük who have over recent years been exploring changes in consciousness, creativity and self in the context of the rich data from the site. Collectively, the authors argue that when detailed data are examined, theoretical evolutionary expectations are not found for these three characteristics. The Neolithic was a time of long, slow and diverse change in which there is little evidence for an internal cognitive revolution.

    • Proposes a new view of cognitive evolution in the Neolithic of the Middle East
    • Based on detailed data collected by a large team over twenty-five years at Çatalhöyük
    • Brings together a new group of archaeologists and cognitive scientists
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    '… an introduction by Hodder (Stanford Univ.), which presents the central problem of paleocognition and the Çatalhöyük site, the cognitive scientists consider whether cultural change could cause or encourage cognitive change, while the archaeologists look at various classes of artifacts and their distributions in time and space at Çatalhöyük and other Neolithic sites in the Near East to see if their changes could be related to cognitive changes in the people who made and used them.' L. L. Johnson, Association of American Publishers

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    • Date Published: March 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108484923
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 183 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • contains: 50 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: In stock
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    Part I. Introduction to the Themes, Site, and Region:
    1. Introduction to the themes of the volume – cognition and Çatalhöyük Ian Hodder
    2. Hunter-gatherer home-making? Building landscape and community in the Epipalaeolithic Lisa Maher
    3. When time begins to matter Marion Benz
    Part II. Higher Levels of Consciousness:
    4. Cognitive change and material culture – a disturbed perspective Michael Wheeler
    5. Conscious tokens? Lucy Bennison-Chapman
    6. Brick sizes and architectural regularities Marek Z. Baranski
    7. The meronomic model of cognitive change, and its application to Neolithic Çatalhöyük Chris Thornton
    8. Containers and creativity in the Late Neolithic Upper Mesopotamian Olivier Nieuwenhuyse
    9. Creativity and innovation in the geometric wall paintings at Çatalhöyük Ian Hodder and Nazli Gurlek
    Part III. Greater Awareness of an Integrated Personal Self:
    10. Personal memory, the scaffolded mind, and cognitive change in the Neolithic John Sutton
    11. Adorning the self Milena Vasic
    12. From parts a whole? Exploring changes in funerary practices at Çatalhöyük Scott D. Haddow, Eline M. J. Schotsmans, Marco Milella, Marin A. Pilloud, Belinda Tibbets and Christopher J. Knusel
    13. New bodies – from houses to humans at Çatalhöyük Anna Fagan.

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    Ian Hodder, Stanford University, California
    Ian Hodder is Dunlevie Family Professor at Stanford University, California, and Director of the Stanford Archaeology Center. He is the author and editor of many books, most recently Religion in the Emergence of Civilization (2010), Entangled: An Archaeology of the Relationships between Humans and Things (2012), and Religion at Work in Neolithic Society (Cambridge, 2014).

    Contributors

    Ian Hodder, Lisa Maher, Marion Benz, Michael Wheeler, Lucy Bennison-Chapman, Marek Z. Baranski, Chris Thornton, Olivier Nieuwenhuyse, Nazli Gurlek, John Sutton, Milena Vasic, Scott D. Haddow, Eline M. J. Schotsmans, Marco Milella, Marin A. Pilloud, Belinda Tibbets, Christopher J. Knusel, Anna Fagan

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