Chapter 1. Kinship and Material Culture

Archaeological Implications of the Human Global Diaspora

  1. Nicholas J. Allen Reader2,
  2. Hilary Callan Director3,
  3. Robin Dunbar Professor Director4 and
  4. Wendy James Professor Emeritus Fellow committed social anthropologist5
  1. Clive Gamble Professor

Published Online: 30 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302714.ch1

Early Human Kinship: From Sex to Social Reproduction

Early Human Kinship: From Sex to Social Reproduction

How to Cite

Gamble, C. (2008) Kinship and Material Culture, in Early Human Kinship: From Sex to Social Reproduction (eds N. J. Allen, H. Callan, R. Dunbar and W. James), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444302714.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Oxford, UK

  2. 3

    Royal Anthropological Institute, Great Britain

  3. 4

    University of Oxford, UK

  4. 5

    St Cross College, Oxford, UK

Author Information

  1. Centre for Quaternary Research, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 6 JUN 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405179010

Online ISBN: 9781444302714



  • archaeological evidence for early social life in Africa;
  • Royal Anthropological Institute, London (RAI) on ‘Early Human Kinship’;
  • questions of ‘kinship’ - centre of anthropology;
  • early social life in Africa and archaeological evidence;
  • kinship and material culture;
  • social brain, language and kinship categories;
  • raising interdisciplinary issues;
  • biological kinship being not kinship;
  • diasporic species and social extension;
  • archaeological implications of human global diaspora


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Biological Kinship Is Not Kinship

  • Two Revolutions But No Kinship

  • A Diasporic Species and Social Extension

  • The Social Brain, Language and Kinship Categories

  • Material Kinship

  • Conclusion: Did Neanderthals Marry?