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RE: Homo sapiens idaltu



> From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> Dann Pigdon
>
> As an archaeologist, I can let you in on a secret: if you don't know
> what a certain object or behavioural strategy was for, then it's always
> 'ritual'. That way we don't look stupid by saying "we don't know". :)
>
The equivalent on the paleo side: display structure.  (Which is pretty much
a ritual, when you think about it...)

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