Strangers in a Strange Land? Intimate sociality and emergent creativity in Middle Palaeolithic Europe

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Strangers in a Strange Land? Intimate sociality and emergent creativity in Middle Palaeolithic Europe. / Spikins, Penny; Hitchens, Gail; Needham, Andrew Paul.

The diversity of Hunter-gatherer pasts. ed. / Graeme Warren; Bill Finlayson. Oxbow, 2017. p. 1-17.

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Spikins, P, Hitchens, G & Needham, AP 2017, Strangers in a Strange Land? Intimate sociality and emergent creativity in Middle Palaeolithic Europe. in G Warren & B Finlayson (eds), The diversity of Hunter-gatherer pasts. Oxbow, pp. 1-17. <https://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/the-diversity-of-hunter-gatherer-pasts-52366.html>

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Spikins, P., Hitchens, G., & Needham, A. P. (2017). Strangers in a Strange Land? Intimate sociality and emergent creativity in Middle Palaeolithic Europe. In G. Warren, & B. Finlayson (Eds.), The diversity of Hunter-gatherer pasts (pp. 1-17). Oxbow. https://www.oxbowbooks.com/oxbow/the-diversity-of-hunter-gatherer-pasts-52366.html

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Spikins P, Hitchens G, Needham AP. Strangers in a Strange Land? Intimate sociality and emergent creativity in Middle Palaeolithic Europe. In Warren G, Finlayson B, editors, The diversity of Hunter-gatherer pasts. Oxbow. 2017. p. 1-17

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Spikins, Penny ; Hitchens, Gail ; Needham, Andrew Paul. / Strangers in a Strange Land? Intimate sociality and emergent creativity in Middle Palaeolithic Europe. The diversity of Hunter-gatherer pasts. editor / Graeme Warren ; Bill Finlayson. Oxbow, 2017. pp. 1-17

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