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The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age - Richard Rudgley

The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age

Paperback Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9780684862705
Number Of Pages: 320

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An authoritative, eye-opening look at Stone Age civilizations that explodes traditional portrayals of prehistory

The rise of historical civilization 5,000 years ago is often depicted as if those societies were somehow created out of nothing. However, recent discoveries of astonishing accomplishments from the Neolithic Age -- in art, technology, writing, math, science, religion, medicine and exploration -- demand a fundamental rethinking of humanity before the dawn of written history.

In this fascinating book, Richard Rudgley describes how

* The intrepid explorers of the Stone Age discovered all of the world's major land masses long before the so-called Age of Discovery

* Stone Age man performed medical operations, including amputations and delicate cranial surgeries

* Paleolithic cave artists of Western Europe used techniques that were forgotten until the Renaissance

* Prehistoric life expectancy was better than it is for contemporary third-world populations

Rudgley reminds us just how savage so-called civilized people can be, and demonstrates how the cultures that have been reviled as savage were truly civilized. "The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age" shows the great debt that contemporary society owes to its prehistoric predecessors. It is a rich introduction to a lost world that will redefine the meaning of civilization itself.

Doris Lessing Literary Review Will transform our view of B.C. Kirkus Reviews The author's review of prehistoric cultural achievements is erudite and fascinating.... John Robb Nature Wonderful reading...illuminating...a zest for discovery that make it a page turner.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Stone Age The Mother Tongue
A New Rosetta Stone
The Signs of Old Europe: Writing or Pre-Writing?
The Paleolithic Origins of Writing Paleoscience From Footprints to Fingerprints Under the Knife Stone Age Surgery Pyrotechnology Back to the Grindstone
The Stone Age Mining Industry Ochre: Blood of the Earth Venus Figurines: Sex Objects or Symbols?
The Song of the Stalactites The First Fossil Hunters The Four Bones of Bilzingsleben Graven Images from the Holy Land Dawn Stones or False Dawn?
Afterword
Bibliography
List of Plates
List of Figures
Picture Acknowledgments
Index
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ISBN: 9780684862705
ISBN-10: 0684862700
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st January 2000
Publisher: FREE PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48