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Origin of Symbolism: the Oldest Ttraces of Bihevioral Modernity


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Vidović, Iva. (2017). Origin of Symbolism: the Oldest Ttraces of Bihevioral Modernity. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Chair of Anthropology. [mentor Heršak, Emil].

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In this thesis, complex subject of the origin of symbolism is being presented and analysed. Temporal and spacial frame of the first appearance of symbolic thinking, which is infallible part of behavioral modernity, in this thesis is determined by archaeological and paleoanthropological findings. The first traces of symbolism are being traced in manuports, early use of colors and jewelry, artistic artifacts, posthumous activities and in traces that indicate the existence of complex verbal communication. Including description and analysis of findings that suggest an early appearance of symbolic thinking, this thesis also discusses basic theories of origins of symbolism. Upper Paleolithic, Middle Stone Age of Africa and findings from species of Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens are being described in equal extent. This thesis is based on critical reading of available literature. Also, basic findings from fields of archaeology, biology, linguistics and other fields that contribute to understanding this complex subject which is important for understanding human evolution and understanding today's human behavior, are being described in this thesis.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: symbolism, bihevioral modernity, Homo neanderthalensis, Homo sapiens
Subjects: Ethnology and cultural anthropology
Departments: Chair of Anthropology
Supervisor: Heršak, Emil
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2019 13:16
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2019 13:16

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