Elegance in the Neolithic?

This post is related to the “Symbol” concept, in order to demonstrate the difficulties in the reconstruction of the human mind in prehistoric societies.  A design of an artifact that combines simplicity and that is concentrated on essential features  is called elegant in our society. The history of Elegance has not been seriously reconstructed till now. Interestingly there is no explicit anthropological theory about this topic. Using the concept of “Elegance” to describe technical solutions of past societies may imply a serious misunderstanding of past mentalities that can not be easily reconstructed.

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About Katzman

During my whole life I was fascinated by stone age artefacts. Not only the aesthetic qualities of these findings, but also the stories around them and the considerations arising from their discovery, are a part of my blog. Comments and contributions are allways welcome! About me: J.L. Katzman (Pseudonym). Born in Vienna. Left Austria in 1974 and did not regret. Studied Medicine and Prehistory at a German University. Member of a Medical Department at a German University. Copyright 2010-2017 by JLK. All Rights Reserved. You are welcome to use material in these posts so long as you cite the work.
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One Response to Elegance in the Neolithic?

  1. Angela Bartsch says:

    Great posts! You seem to be a professional full of good ideas….

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