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The authors, codirectors of the Center for Research into the Anthropological Foundations of Technology at Indiana University, Bloomington, display their expert knowledge of stone tools in this account of the origins of the human species. The ability to master stone technology, they argue, was the key factor in the evolutionary success of our hominid ancestors. The authors' interpretations of early hominid tool use are based largely on experiments they performed, including making stone tools with million-year-old techniques, skinning animal carcasses, and leaving tools exposed in the environment for years to observe how they become buried. This book will appeal to nonarchaeologists who wonder just how one can make conclusions on ancient beings' lifestyles based on only a few old stones and bones. Some 100 black-and-white photographs and line drawings illustrate the authors' points. Recommended for academic and large public science and anthropology collections.
- Eric Hinsdale, Trinity Univ. Lib., San Antonio
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this dramatic reconstruction of the daily lives of the earliest tool-making humans, two leading anthropologists reveal how the first technologies-- stone, wood, and bone tools-- forever changed the course of human evolution.

Drawing on two decades of fieldwork around the world, authors Kathy Schick and Nicholas Toth take readers on an eye-opening journey into humankind's distant past-- traveling from the savannahs of East Africa to the plains of northern China and the mountains of New Guinea-- offering a behind-the-scenes look at the discovery, excavation, and interpretation of early prehistoric sites.

Based on the authors' unique mix of archaeology and practical experiments, ranging from making their own stone tools to theorizing about the origins of human intelligence, "Making Silent Stones Speak" brings the latest ideas about human evolution to life.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (February 3, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671875388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671875381
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is about the beginnings of technology, an almost exclusively human trait. The idea of using materials in such a way as to benefit daily life or perform task that we, as individuals, are unable to do is a giant step into the unknown. The author discusses tool-making in all its many facets. It is now considered very possible that tool-making contributed to an exapansion of brain possibilities but in fact made us into something different that the surrounding creatures with whom we fought and lived.
The idea of artificial means toward an end catapulted mankind and gave us control of our surroundings. No longer were large beasts from out of our grasp. The type and variation of the various stone blades is mind-boggling but the interpretation is just about as creative. The sharing of this technology with other humans started a process of spreading knowledge that has continued up to this day.
The author's hands-on experience was also an additional aid to her findings. She is in no sense an "ivory towered" scholar but actively explores and examines the subjects in her book. Best of all are her conjectures concerning the origins and more importantly, the "why" of technology.
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Format: Hardcover
Excellent book - well illustrated and elegantly written (each chapter begins with an exotic prehistoric flashback of definite literary quality); fascinating reports of reenacting stone age discoveries; the book makes a perfect circle - begins at the protohuman beginning and closes with far-reaching predictions of transhumanism. Schick and Toth made stones speak volumes!
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Book is very informative about stone tool production and our general evolutionary trend toward reflective abstract thought.
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Great book
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By fd on May 13, 2016
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Very superficial - A Primer
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