From Hand to Handle: The First Industrial Revolution

Hardcover | October 30, 2013

byLawrence Barham

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Mankind's utter dependency on technology extends back approximately three million years to the first stone tools, but it was only with the innovation of hafting, some 300,000 years ago, that technology took its first modern form and revolutionized our social and economic lives. The developmentof handles and shafts, which were added to some tools previously made of single materials and hand-held, made the tools not only more efficient but improved their makers' chances of survival by making the quest for food more productive.This volume brings together evidence for the cognitive, social, and technological foundations necessary for the development of hafting to form a speculative theory about this revolutionary innovation. The creation of tools with handles required considerable planning based on an expert understandingof the properties of the raw materials involved, a form of early engineering. Yet it was the ability to envisage the final, integrated form of the tool which underpinned the remarkable novelty of hafting, one which had massive implications for the human species and which laid the foundations for thetechnology we rely on today.

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Mankind's utter dependency on technology extends back approximately three million years to the first stone tools, but it was only with the innovation of hafting, some 300,000 years ago, that technology took its first modern form and revolutionized our social and economic lives. The developmentof handles and shafts, which were added to ...

Lawrence Barham is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Liverpool where he teaches Evolutionary Anthropology.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:October 30, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsList of FiguresIntroduction1. What is combinatorial evolution?2. Neural, cognitive, and anatomical foundations3. Tools for learning4. Something new from something old5. The invention of hafting6. After the revolution7. A revolution without heroesBibliographyIndex