African Archaeological Review

, 28:241 | Cite as

W. H. Gilbert and B. Asfaw, Homo erectus: Pleistocene Evidence from the Middle Awash, Ethiopia

University of California Press, Berkeley, 2009, 480 pages, ISBN 9780520251205
  • Darren Curnoe
Book Review

Palaeoanthropology has a long tradition of site-focused monographs dating back to widely cited volumes like L. Leakey’s 1935 The Stone Age Races of Kenya, T. McCown and A. Keith’s 1939 The Stone Age of Mount Carmel, M. Leakey and J. Harris’ 1987 Laetoli and individually authored volumes within the wide ranging Olduvai Gorge (1965–1991) and Koobi Fora(1978–2008) series. While interpretations of the significance of hominin fossils and archaeological materials can and do fluctuate wildly, such volumes have an enduring quality about them. The disciplines constituting palaeoanthropology (i.e. palaeontology and archaeology) are destructive sciences. Therefore, monographs like these provide a lasting record of sites both before and during their destructive transformation in the search for knowledge about human origins. They have traditionally also been important repositories of information about fossils and stone tools in the form of detailed descriptions and data rich tables, in addition...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Archaeology and Natural History, Research School of Pacific and Asian StudiesAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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