Monday September 9: Archaeology of Tools

We’ll now take a big step backward to study the deep history of tool-use — and to consider (again!) what defines a tool. Cowan, you’ll recall, noted that some anthropologists have argued that tool-use is what distinguishes humans from other species. Is this true? How do tools function as “extensions” of their users? And how might we recognize various global traditions of innovation, and tool creation and use? 

To be completed for today’s class:

Set of 1,500-year-old farming tools discovered in Turkey, via Archaeology & Arts

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