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A multi-disciplinary approach to the origins of music: perspectives from anthropology, archaeology, cognition and behaviour

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Archaeological evidence for musical activities pre-dates even the earliest-known cave art and it remains the case that no human culture has yet been encountered that does not practise some recognisably musical activity. Yet the human abilities to make and appreciate music have been described as “amongst the most mysterious with which [we are] endowed” (Charles Darwin, 1872) and music itself as “the supreme mystery of the science of man” (Claude Levi-Strauss, 1970). Like language, music has be...

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Published
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10.4436/JASS.92008

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Institution:
University of Oxford
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UAS
Department:
Proctors Office
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Arts and Humanities Research Council
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The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research
Publisher:
Istituto Italiano di Antropologia
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Journal of Anthropological Sciences More from this journal
Volume:
92
Pages:
147-177
Publication date:
2014-01-01
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1827-4765
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1827-4765 and 2037-0644
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uuid:ccbaf26a-8a71-4113-8b23-1ae032d665ae
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615041
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2016-04-13

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