Material scaffolds in numbers and time

Cambridge Archaeological Journal Vol/Iss. 23(01) Cambridge University Press Published In Pages: 19-39
By Overmann, Karenleigh A.


This paper examines the relationship between the complexity of a society's material culture and its development of cognitive technologies for numeration and timekeeping. The researcher claims that the resulting positive correlation between these variables as support for a theory of material culture as 'scaffolding' for number concepts, providing tangible, shareable, manipulable forms for abstract numerical constructions.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
eHRAF World CulturesResearcher's own, Hayden & Villenueve (2011)n = 33 hunter-gatherer societies

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