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Title: Seafaring in the Pleistocene
Contributor(s): Davidson, Iain (author)orcid ; Morwood, Michael John (author)
Publication Date: 2003
DOI: 10.1017/S0959774303000039
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Abstract: Archaeological data from Wallacea (Indonesia) and elsewhere are summarized to show that the history of seafaring begins in the Early Pleistocene, and that this human capability eventually led to Middle Palaeolithic ocean crossings in the general region of Australia. To understand better the technological magnitude of these many maritimeaccomplishments, a series of replicative experiments are described, and the theoretical conditions of these experiments are examined. The proposition is advanced that hominid cognitive and cultural evolution during the Middle and early Late Pleistocene have been severely misjudged. The navigational feats of Pleistocene seafarers confirm the cultural evidence of sophistication available from the study of palaeoart.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 13(1), p. 41-66
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: University of Cambridge
ISSN: 1474-0540
Field of Research (FOR): 210103 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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