The Origins of War: Violence in Prehistory

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Wiley, Apr 15, 2008 - Social Science - 296 pages
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Stretching across continents and centuries, The Origins of War: Violence in Prehistory provides a fascinating examination of executions, torture, ritual sacrifices, and other acts of violence committed in the prehistoric world.

  • Written as an accessible guide to the nature of life in prehistory and to the underpinnings of human violence.
  • Combines symbolic interpretations of archaeological remains with a medical understanding of violent acts.
  • Written by an eminent prehistorian and a respected medical doctor.

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User Review  - Ivonne - Goodreads

At first I thought I HAD to read it... with the time I got to WANT to read it and I like it, it was part of an essay I had to write about prehistorical rites and witchery and it has great content and research. Read full review

About the author (2008)

Jean Guilaine is Professor of Archeology at the Collège de France and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. He is the author of numerous books, including Prehistory: The World of Early Man (US translation 1986).


Jean Zammit is a doctor and paleopathologist at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.


Melanie Hersey is a translator specialising in the social sciences. She has studied German, French, and anthropology and received an MA in translation from Durham University.

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