Prehistoric perspectives on ‘Others’ and ‘Strangers’
A point that we want to emphasize is that "cognitive archaeology" is a catch-all phrase that covers pretty much every aspect of human existence. To truly discuss cognitive archaeology, we need to define the specific areas of interest in each case. Given our position that cognitive capacities as such existed from at least the late Middle Pleistocene, we are interested in questions about evolution of social cognitive constructs. These constructs portray the plasticity of cognitive mechanisms and how they interacted with the changing circumstances that shaped and modified perceptions of self and society through prehistoric time. Here we specifically examine the concepts of ‘others’ and ‘strangers’. While this may be preliminary and rather speculative, we suggest that this issue can be addressed from contextual archaeological data, to the effect that we can trace changes in the perception of social identities.
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Prehistoric perspectives on ‘Others’ and ‘Strangers’. Erella Hovers, Anna Belfer-Cohen. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395516)
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