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The Prehistory of Music: Human Evolution, Archaeology, and the Origins of Musicality

Iain Morley


Music is possessed by all human cultures, and archaeological evidence for musical activities pre-dates even the earliest-known cave art. Music has been the subject of keen investigation across a great diversity of fields, from neuroscience and psychology to ethnography, archaeology, and its own dedicated field, musicology. Despite the great contributions that these studies have made towards understanding musical behaviours, much remains mysterious about this ubiquitous human phenomenon — not least, its origins. This book brings together evidence from these fields, and more, in investigating th ... More

Keywords: music, human cultures, musical activities, cave art, musicology, musical abilities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199234080
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234080.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Iain Morley, author
Lecturer in Palaeoanthropology and Human Sciences, Oxford University, and Fellow of St. Hugh's College, Oxford