An Enigmatic and Anonymous Revolution
This book explores the cognitive, social, and technological foundations as well as the environmental implications of an innovation that occurred some 300,000 years ago: hafting. It traces how hafting took its first modern form and revolutionised social and economic lives. Citing the concept of ‘combinatorial evolution’ developed by the economist and complexity theorist W. Brian Arthur, the book examines the incremental and radical process underlying composite technology and argues that hafting represents the first industrial revolution whose consequences are still felt today. It also places this innovation in tool-making in the context of what went before and what came after and analyses the earliest archaeological evidence for the manufacture of hafted tools with their integrated components. Finally, the book considers how global climate change affected human populations during the period in which hafting emerged.
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