The Prehistory of Music: Evolutionary Origins and Archaeology of Human Musicality

Hardcover | November 30, 2013

byIain Morley

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Music is possessed by all human cultures, and archaeological evidence for musical activities pre-dates even the earliest-known cave art. Music has been the subject of keen investigation across a great diversity of fields, from neuroscience and psychology to ethnography, archaeology, and itsown dedicated field, musicology. Despite the great contributions that these studies have made towards understanding musical behaviours, much remains mysterious about this ubiquitous human phenomenon - not least, its origins.In a ground-breaking study, this volume brings together evidence from these fields, and more, in investigating the evolutionary origins of our musical abilities, the nature of music, and the earliest archaeological evidence for musical activities amongst our ancestors. Seeking to understand the truerelationship between our unique musical capabilities and the development of the remarkable social, emotional, and communicative abilities of our species, it will be essential reading for anyone interested in music and human physical and cultural evolution.

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Music is possessed by all human cultures, and archaeological evidence for musical activities pre-dates even the earliest-known cave art. Music has been the subject of keen investigation across a great diversity of fields, from neuroscience and psychology to ethnography, archaeology, and itsown dedicated field, musicology. Despite the g...

Dr Iain Morley is Lecturer in Palaeoanthropology and Human Sciences at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of St Hugh's College. He teaches human evolution and the evolution of human cognition. Particular areas of interest include the emergence of ritual and religion, Palaeolithic imagery, and the evolutionary origins and archaeolo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:November 30, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceList of Illustrations1. Conceiving Music in Prehistory2. Implications of Music in Hunter-Gatherer Societies3. Palaeolithic Music Archaeology 1: Pipes4. Palaeolithic Music Archaeology 2: Other Sound Producers5. The Palaeoanthropology of Vocalisation 1: Vocal Anatomy6. The Palaeoanthropology of Vocalisation 2: The Brain and Hearing7. Neurological Relationships Between Music and Speech8. Vocal Versatility and Complexity in an Evolutionary Context9. Vocal Control and Corporeal Control - Vocalisation, Gesture, Rhythm, Movement and Emotion10. Emotion and Communication in Music11. Rationales for Music in Evolution12. ConclusionsAppendixBibliographyIndex