Archaic Humans and the MSA
Terms in this set (8)
Lived in Europe, possibly China, eastern and southern Africa
Brain size ~ 1200cc
What did the European populations of Homo heidelbergensis give rise to?
What are some cultural characteristics of Homo heidelbergensis?
First early humans to live in colder climates- adapted with short, wider bodies
Oldest definite control of fires and use of wood spears
First early human species to routinely hunt large animals
First species to build shelters, create simple dwellings out of wood and rock
How old are some of the oldest wooden thrusting spears? (
Oldest known wooden artifacts
Where have Homo heidelbergensis been found?
Kabwe/Broken Hill, Zambia
Florisbad, South Africa
What are the 8 archaeological signatures of modern behaviour?
Blade and microlithic technology
Formal bone tools
Increased geographic range
Use of aquatic resources
Long-distance trade or transport of raw materials
Systematic processing and use of pigment, art and decoration
Habitation of previously unoccupied water-poor environments
What is one of the most important indicators of cognitive flexibility and adaptibility?
A complex human ecology and the capacity to settle risky environments
Where was the oldest harpoon technology in the world found?
Katanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo