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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