From Lucy to Language: The Archaeology of the Social Brain

The British Academy's Centenary Research Project brought psychology and archaeology together in a concerted attempt to look at the social and cognitive evolution of humans.
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Project Directors: Professor Robin Dunbar FBA, Professor Clive Gamble FBA and Professor John Gowlett

The From Lucy to Language: The Archaeology of the Social Brain project was adopted as the British Academy's Centenary Research Project (marking the Academy's centenary in 2002). The Academy's support ran from 2003 to 2010.

In this video, Professors Robin Dunbar FBA and Clive Gamble FBA discuss how their research into the evolution of human cognition and social lives over the ages furthered our understanding of the relationship between mind and world:



In this video, Professor Robin Dunbar FBA, Professor Clive Gamble FBA and Professor John Gowlett discuss the Academy’s Centenary Research Project:

Publications

Thinking Big: How the Evolution of Social Life Shaped the Human Mind
Author: Clive Gamble, John Gowlett and Robin Dunbar
Thames and Hudson (2014)

Lucy to Language: The Benchmark Papers
Editors: Robin Dunbar, Clive Gamble and John Gowlett
Oxford University Press (2014)

Settling the Earth: The Archaeology of Deep Human History
Author: Clive Gamble
Cambridge University Press (2013)

Human Evolution and the Archaeology of the Social Brain
Authors: John Gowlett, Clive Gamble and Robin Dunbar
Current Anthropology, 53, 693-722 (2012)

Social Brain, Distributed Mind
Editors: Robin Dunbar, Clive Gamble and John Gowlett
Proceedings of the British Academy 158, (2010)

Mind the Gap; or Why Humans are Not Just Great Apes
Author: Robin Dunbar
Proceedings of the British Academy 154 (2008)

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