Flashcards in Chapter One: Encountering the Past Deck (32)
A sub-discipline of anthropology (the study of humanity), concentrating on the cultural evolution of past human beings.
True or False: the accepted view of the world is one where the world is a static product of relatively recent, divine creation.
False, the accepted belief now is that the earth is the result of slow-acting, natural causes that continue to operate in the present with an ever changing history.
Define Archeological Site
A place or group of physical sites in which evidence of past activity is preserved.
A branch of anthropology that deals with fossilized humans and their ancestors (hominids).
The study of people through holistic and integrative approaches; studying how the interrelated parts of society allow it to function.
Comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
Anthropologists that study humans by living in particular societies and observing the behaviours of the people living in them.
The comparison of different cultures.
Define Anthropological Linguistics
The study of language and how it evolved and the historical relationships among the known languages.
Anthropologists who live among non human primates (prosimians, monkeys, apes, and humans are all primates) to gain insights into human ancestral lineage.
Define Forensic Anthropologist
The application of scientific procedures in the solution of a crime using knowledge of the human skeleton and associated trauma and pathology.
Paleoanthropologists and archeologists investigate the evolutionary history of humanity through what two avenues?
Biological evolution and cultural evolution through the use of bones and artifacts.
What do Archeologists rely on?
The material remains left by past peoples, including things that people made and used such as stone cutting tools and monuments.
What was the common belief of the 16th-17th century of the world's age by Europeans?
The world was only a few thousand years old and was created by God and the world had not changed significantly since God first made it.
How old did John Lightfoot believe the world to be in 1642?
5,570 years old.
Who was James Ussher?
An Irish bishop who, in 1650, calculated the world to have been created in 4004 BC, October 23rd.
Who was John Ray?
A creationist from the late 17th century who believed the world around him reflected the conserved works of God, in the same condition as the day they were first made.
What belief arose in the late 17th to 18th centuries?
The belief that the world had dramatically changed since creation (from God) through a series of catastrophic, natural, processes that where set in motion by God when he originally created the world. This belief was held by catastrophists. They believed these changes could be understood through careful study.
What does Noah's Flood support?
The catastrophism view of the world. Astronomer Edmund Halley proposed (in the late 17th century) that a comet caused the flood.
Who was Scottish scientist James Hutton?
One of the first oppositionists to catastrophism, expressed in his work "Theory of the Earth" (late 18th century), by saying that the operations of nature are equable and steady - not unpredictable and catastrophic. This lead to uniformitarianism, the thinking that the world was a machine built to readjust and recreate itself continually.
What was found across Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries?
Symmetrical stone axes, which were explained by many observers in the early 17th century to have been made/used by fairies and elves. Theories were restricted because people "could not" have been more than 6000 years old.
What was John Frere's discovery?
Late 18th century (1797), he found stone axes buried 12 feet deep; below the bones of extinct animals in more recently deposited soil layers. Uniformitarian approach.
The study of rock layers and layering.
Who was Jacques Boucher de Perthes?
A French customs official with a passion for collecting artifacts, calling stone axes 'antediluvian' (from before the flood). Uniformitarian approach.
Who was Charles Lyell?
British geologist who believed that to have a rational understanding of the earth, you must consider the past. 'All past changes on the globe had been brought about by the slow agency of existing clauses'. Mid-late 19th century, his uniformitarian approach asserted that the earth was far more ancient than generally believed.
What was Christian Jurgensen Thomsen's three stage system?
Mid-late 19th century, the Danish museum curator created a guidebook that organized the museum's collection into three prehistoric ages - stone, bronze, and iron - based on the most favoured material to make tools during the time period. It embodied that notion that culture had changed through time in a predictable sequence, in an increase of technological sophistication. Tools were more efficient but harder to manufacture.
What is unilineal evolution?
An approach to changes in culture that assumes that there was a single pathway of technological progress across all cultures.
What unilineal evolutionary sequence was suggested by Lewis Henry Morgan (late 19th century)?
All cultures progress through a series of fixed stages of development from savagery to barbarism to civilization. Savagery: fruits, nuts, fishing, fire, bow, arrow. Barbarism: development of agriculture, ability to make ceramics, forge iron. Civilization: written language. "Primitive" people in the modern world were stuck in savagery or barbarism.
What is mutilineal evolution?
The modern view of cultural evolution, where there are many diverse pathways in which different people adapted to their surroundings and adjusted to change.