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Roots of Civilization has 27 ratings and 3 reviews. Forrest said: [Update]: I’ve re- read the book since I wrote this review. It’s as good as I remember i. CHAPTER. The Early Work of Alexander Marshack. 1. Introduction. Alexander Marshack was born in April, in the Bronx. He attended highschool in the. The Early Work of Alexander Marshack. 1. Introduction. Alexander Marshack was born in April, in the Bronx. He attended high school in the borough and.

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Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. The Roots of Civilization: JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. It is disappointing, therefore, that the tains about titles, only 65 percent of discussion of this issue in this book, though it which are in French.

The other 35 percent points with unerring insight at many of the are in English mostlyGerman, Russian, key issues, now seems veryfirmly anchored in Spanish, Italian, Swedish, and Portuguese. On the pre-Neolithic prehistory of been an opportunity to correct that state of Europe, it provides the sort of authoritative affairs, but the opportunity has not been summary of recentwork that probably cannot taken.

The book remains a fascinating col- be found elsewhere in a single book. Even as lection of observations presented in a style the book ages, its bibliography will remain a reflecting Marshack’s earlier career injour- lasting resource I still consult my copy of nalism, with copious examples of his own Alexnder volume several times a brilliant photographs of details of marks year, usually to find a reference quickly and upon the surfaces of objects and visually easily.

For the non- scholarly person, the quirky text is fre- The Roots of Civilization: The Cognitive Be- alexandet exciting though tending to have ginnings of Xlexander First Art, Symbol and No- too much of the detail of Marshack’s per- tation. Revised and sonal involvement in his quest and the expanded edition.


Moyer Bell, sumptuous photographs make this work a What, then, is the problem? No Universityof New England, Australia one doubts Marshack’s fundamental in- sight that there is something to be observed The work of Alexander Marshack is an at high magnification in the marks on some enigma.

Since his earliest publications in ar- bone objects from the Upper Paleolithic of cheology he has consistently asked Europe.

What is at issue is whether the qlexander questions that challenge archeologists to go that he tells can be supported by the obser- marahack their usual range of concerns. This vations he makes. Professional archeolo- book is a lightly amended reprint of a work, gists are all familiar with the difficulties of originally published inin which Mar- turning the observations we make into data shack moved from an observation that there about the past.

Marshack, to his credit, has was detail to be observed in the marks on also spent a lot of time talking with a selec- some bone objects of the European Upper tion of scholars from other marshac and Paleolithic to a description of how these reading their works.

Roots of Civilization

When such people might have been a notation of lunar phases, read what he writes they see in there a and on to an extended discussion of”time-fac- reflection of themselves. And they no doubt toring” in human evolution.

The initial work assume that Marshack marsyack mastered the on marked bone objects was closely linked to problem of interpreting the archeological a monograph on some of the material, pub- record.

The Part of Marshack’s argument is that the claim about time-factoring is itself very impor- marks he photographs so well are a nota- tant, yet Marshack’s work has, until the alxander tion, and that what is being noted are of d’Errico e.

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I would have hoped in afforded the compliment of detailed critique a revision of the book that he would have by professional archeologists. Not that it has dealt with the sort of criticism that was been without criticism.

Indeed, in reviewing made when the argument was put in the a book as lightly amended as this, it is difficult past by such as Rosenfeld, King, and oth- to go beyond the often trenchant criticisms ers. I think that what is needed is to take of the original reviewers e. From my own point of view observations provide and analyze them to e. This content downloaded alexandfr Publications de there is a case for lunar notation.


Alexander Marshack

If you start l’Institut de Prehistoire de l’Universit6 at a particular point, is there a likelihood de Bordeaux, Memoire No 8. Current Anthropology numbers, together with the wide tolerance alwxander Marshack allows for hitting a target phase.

American Antiq- matching for individual objects that is Mar- uity Language sue of establishing that the prehistoric ob- and Its Archaeology. Journal of the jects are analogous requires more subtle Royal Anthropological Institute I think there is mrashack interesting Methodological Pit- been subjected to exhaustive statistical falls, and a Theoretical Path. Journal of analysis in the search for pattern.

In short, while there is still much to inter- Rosenfeld, Andree est general readers in this book, they, and Reviewof Notationdans lesgravuresdu Marshack, have not been well served by the paleolithiquesuperieur. Marshack should have been That Space, Time, and Archaeological Land- would have been a very interesting book. Jacqueline Rossignol and LuAnn Wandsnider, eds.

Interdisciplinary Contri- marshqck to Archaeology. Plenum References Cited Press, State Alexaander Traces of Depiction and Language. Gibson and artifact and the site as primary units of T. This volume of a Palaeolithic Lunar Calendars: Current An- and LuAnn Wandsnider, draws on much of thropology Current An- work for regional data recovery and analy- thropology In the past, phrases such as “nonsite” or King, A. They do so explicitly and ex- pologist Remember me on this computer.

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