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The Human Past : World Prehistory and the Development of Human Societies - Chris Scarre

The Human Past

World Prehistory and the Development of Human Societies

By: Chris Scarre (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st February 2018
ISBN: 9780500294208
Number Of Pages: 768

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Here is a new, fourth edition of this authoritative introductory survey of world prehistory, spanning the past 3,000,000 years and written by a team of twenty-four expert authors. This edition has been radically updated to be more thematic and accessible: chapters are connected by new key themes boxes (climate change, domestication, migration, social inequality and urbanism), which link global regions and encourage big-picture thinking.

The text has been streamlined and the book’s design completely revamped: it is now in full colour throughout, with more than 50% more colour images than the previous edition. There is increased coverage of the Americas, with a brand-new chapter, The Origins and Dispersal of the First Americans. Revisions take into account the latest sites and discoveries, including Homo naledi and the new LiDAR surveys of Angkor Wat.

Each chapter begins with a newly designed, easier-to-use timeline, and features boxes on key sites, key discoveries, key controversies and, as above, key themes. All of the key methods boxes from the previous edition have been consolidated into the Introduction and now offer an up-front primer of archaeological methods and practices. Tables and maps are simplified and easier to use.

About the Author

Chris Scarre is Deputy Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, and editor of the Cambridge Archaeological Journal. He is co-author with Brian Fagan of the textbook Ancient Civilizations.

Industry Reviews

'Absolutely essential reading for all students of archaeology' - Barry Cunliffe, University of Oxford
'One of the best overviews of world prehistory it is possible to get. Excellent coverage, up to date and accessible' - Tim Reynolds, Birkbeck, University of London
'Exciting, accessible and informative ... by far the best introduction available' - Cyprian Broodbank, Institute of Archaeology, University College London
'The perfect textbook ... this is the kind of book we wish we'd had' - How It Works

Part I: The Symbolic Ape
Part II: Out Of Africa
Part III: The Neolithic Revolution
Part IV: Cities, Sates and Empires

ISBN: 9780500294208
ISBN-10: 0500294208
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 768
Published: 1st February 2018
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.6 x 21.9  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 1.89
Edition Number: 4
Edition Type: Revised

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