African Archaeological Review

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 151–153 | Cite as

T. Wynn & F. Coolidge (Eds.): Cognitive Models in Palaeolithic Archaeology

Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016, ix + 240 pp., ISBN: 978-0190204112
  • Manuel J. García-Pérez
Book Review

Cognitive Models in Palaeolithic Archaeology can be considered a presentation and update of current research in cognitive archaeology, edited by Thomas Wynn and Frederick Coolidge, two of the most important researchers in this area. The editors have previously published other books on the topic, such as The Rise of Homo Sapiens: The Evolution of Modern Thinking (Coolidge and Wynn 2009) and How to Think Like a Neandertal (Wynn and Coolidge 2012).

Cognitive archaeology is a relatively recent field in archaeology, as Wynn states in the first chapter. There was a twenty-year process of maturation between the first paper devoted to this area in 1969 and its consolidation with the foundation of the McDonald Institute at Cambridge University and the creation of the Cambridge Archaeological Journal. The latter made possible greater visibility and development of these topics. Still, another distinctive feature of cognitive archaeology is the small number of researchers. This feature is a...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad de SevillaSevilleSpain

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