HABITAT ANTHROPOLOGY

And its Relation to Prehistory and Paleo-Anthropology


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HABITAT ANTHROPOLOGY

Basic concepts:

Our site on 'anthropology of space and architecture' is based on

Basic method:

'Structural history' or 'ethno-pre-history' (Vienna school of ethnology, Wernhart 1981). Ethnology with its vital source conditions is basic for formation of theoretical approaches!

IMPLICATIONS FOR PALEO-ANTHROPOLOGY

Main topics:

1) assumption of pre-lithic fibroconstructive industries (easily manipulatable fibrous materials were primary; hand was the first tool).

2) based on hypothesis 1): reconstructions of physical developments (bipedic posture, precision grip of hand, refinement of stereoscopic view, development of brain).

IMPLICATIONS FOR PREHISTORY

Main cultural sources:

Main focus:

Systematic reconstruction of spatial organisation of pre-human (night camps of higher apes) and human settlement (evolutionary typology of human settlement).

Basic hypothesis:

Highest ontological values of culture (aesthetics, ontology, religion, social structure) developed in 'settlement core complex' (cyclic renewal of materially perishable territorial demarcation).

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