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A Semiotic Approach to the Evolution of Symboling Capacities During the Late Pleistocene with Implications for Claims of ‘Modernity’ in Early Human Groups

Abstract This research uses Peircean Semiotics to model the evolution of symbolic behavior in the human lineage and the potential material correlates of this evolutionary process in the archaeological record. The semiotic model states the capacity for symbolic behavior developed in two distinct stages. Emergent capacities are characterized by the sporadic use of non-symbolic and symbolic material culture that affects information exchange between individuals. Symbolic exchange will be rare. Mobilized capacities are defined by the constant use of non-symbolic and symbolic objects that affect both interpersonal and group-level information exchange. Symbolic behavior will be obligatory and widespread. The model was tested against the published archaeolo... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Culley, Elisabeth Vasser (Author) / Clark, Geoffrey A (Advisor) / Barton, C. Michael (Advisor) / Marean, Curtis W (Committee member) / Davidson, Iain (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Archaeology / Cognitive Evolution / Human Evolution / Neanderthals / Paleoanthropology / Semiotics / Symbolic Behavior
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 178 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Anthropology 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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