Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour

SapienCE Publications

The list of publications from the SapienCE team has so far been solid, and under you will find some recent publications from 2019, and a list of selected publications from 2018 and forthcoming publications. The link to SapienCE project site on Cristin.no provides you with even more articles, talks and presentations from our team members. The Cristin site is also more frequently updated.

Vitenskapelige publikasjoner

You can find all SapienCE research results here: SapienCE in Cristin

Recent publications 2019

Silje Eventh Bentsen and Sarah Jacoba Deborah Wurz

 Color Me Heated? A Comparison of Potential Methods to Quantify Color Change in Thermally Altered Rocks.

Journal of Field Archaeology.


Joshua Kumbani  et al. Incl. Sarah Wurz

A functional investigation of southern Cape Later Stone Age artefacts resembling aerophones

Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 24, 693 – 711


Selected publications 2018               

Christopher Henshilwood, Francesco d'Errico and Karen Loise Van Niekerk et al.

 An abstract drawing from the 73,000-year-old levels at Blombos Cave, South Africa      

Nature, 562, 115 – 118


Jerome P. Reynard and Christopher Henshilwood

Using trampling modification to infer occupational intensity during the Still Bay at Blombos Cave, southern Cape, South Africa      

African Archaeological Review, 35- 1, 1 – 19


Jerome Reynard and Christopher Henshilwood 

Environment versus behaviour: Zooarchaeological and taphonomic analyses of fauna from the Still Bay layers at Blombos Cave, South Africa       

Quaternary International, online


Katja Douze, Anne Delagnes, Sarah Jacoba Deborah Wurz, Christopher Henshilwood     

The Howiesons Poort lithic sequence of Klipdrift Shelter, southern Cape, South Africa     

PLoS ONE, 13- 11, 1 – 24


Turid Hillestad Nel, Sarah Jacoba Deborah Wurz, Christopher Henshilwood         

Small mammals from Marine Isotope Stage 5 at Klasies River, South Africa - Reconstructing the local palaeoenvironment      

Quaternary International, 471, 6 – 20


Sarah Jacoba Deborah Wurz, Silje Evjenth Bentsen et al.

Connections, culture and environments around 100 000 years ago at Klasies River main site

Quaternary International, 495, 102 – 115


Francesco d'Errico et al.

Cultural Exaptation, Cultural Neural Reuse: A mechanism for the emergence of modern culture and behaviour

Biological Theory, 13- 4, 213 – 227


Francesco d'Errico et al.               

From number sense to number symbols. An archaeological perspective

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal B: Biological Sciences, 373- 1740, 1 - 10


Andrea Bender, et al. Incl. Sieghard Beller

Variability in the alignment of number and space across languages and tasks     

Frontiers in Psychology , 9, 1 – 19


Andrea Bender, Sieghard Beller et al.     

Gender congruency from a neutral point of view: The roles of gender classes and conceptual connotations        

Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory and Cognition, 44- 10, 1580 – 1608


Alastair C Cunningham et al. incl. Simon James Armitage             

High-precision natural dose rate estimates through beta counting          

Radiation Measurements, 1 – 6


Alice Novello et al. incl. Sarah Jacoba Deborah Wurz

Phytoliths in modern plants and soils from Klasies River, Cape Region (South Africa)      

Quaternary International, 464, 440 – 459


Lucinda Backwell et al. Incl. Francesco d'Errico

The antiquity of bow-and-arrow technology: evidence from Middle Stone Age layers at Sibudu Cave

Antiquity, 92- 362, 289 – 303


Ivan Colagé and Francesco d'Errico         

Culture: the driving force of human cognition   

Topics in Cognitive Science, online


Sieghard Beller, Andrea Bender et al.

The Cultural Challenge in Mathematical Cognition

Journal of Numerical Cognition , 4- 2, 448 – 463


Eleanor ML Scerri et al. incl. Francesco d'Errico,

 Did Our Species Evolve in Subdivided Populations across Africa, and Why Does It Matter?

Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 33- 8, 582 – 594


Alison S Brooks et al. incl. Francesco d'Errico      

Long-distance stone transport and pigment use in the earliest Middle Stone Age            

Science, 360- 6384, 90 – 94


In press:

Magnus M. Haaland et al.

Documenting archaeological thin sections in high-resolution: a comparison of methods and discussion of analytical applications.



Sarah Jacoba Deborah Wurz

Human evolution, archaeology and the South African landscape during the last 100 000 years.


Knight, J. & Rogerson, C. The Geography of South Africa - Contemporary Changes and New Directions. Springer: Amsterdam