The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 25, 2000 - History - 320 pages
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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.
  

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User Review  - Ulrika Eriksson - Goodreads

Just as we during the Renaissance learnt from the Greeks and Romans, Rudgley thinks we could look back, be inspired and learn from early more peaceful civilizations how to live in harmony with nature ... Read full review

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am learning a great deal. enjoying the ride. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Stone Age
13
The Mother Tongue
35
A New Rosetta Stone
48
Writing or PreWriting?
58
The Paleolithic Origins of Writing
73
Paleoscience
86
From Footprints to Fingerprints
107
Sex Objects or Symbols?
184
The Song of the Stalactites
201
The First Fossil Hunters
209
The Four Bones of Bilzingsleben
224
Graven Images from the Holy Land
234
Dawn Stones or False Dawn?
241
Afterword
261
Bibliography
265

Under the Knife
116
Stone Age Surgery
126
Pyrotechnology
142
Back to the Grindstone
155
The Stone Age Mining Industry
168
Blood of the Earth
176
List of Plates
281
List of Figures
283
Picture Acknowledgments
285
Index
287
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Richard Rudgley is an Oxford-trained scholar of Stone Age art, religion and technology. He is also the author of Essential Substances: A Cultural History of Intoxicants in Society (for which he won the British Museum Prometheus Award) and The Encyclopaedia of Psychoactive Substances and the editor of Wildest Dreams: An Anthology of Drug-Related Literature. He lives with his wife and two children in Notting Hill, London.

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