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Title: The Finished Artefact Fallacy: Acheulean Hand-axes and Language Origins
Contributor(s): Davidson, Iain (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2002
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Abstract: Approaches to the study of the origins of language have three major sources of evidence: (1) from modern humans, including psychology and linguistics; (2)from modern non-human primates, including their communicative abilities; (3) from archaeology. This chapter is about the third of these - the archaeological evidence of what actually happened. Ten years ago, I outlined problems with the traditional framework of understanding stone tools (Davidson and Noble 1993; Gibson and Ingold 1993). In this chapter, i will return to issues I raised on that occasion and present more evidence and argument about Acheulean hand-axes.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: The Transition to Language, p. 180-203
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Place of Publication: Melbourne, Vic.
ISBN: 0199250669
Field of Research (FOR): 210103 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
Other Links:,M1
Series Name: Studies in the Evolution of Language
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