Ancient Inventions

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Ballantine Books, 1995 - Reference - 672 pages
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Historian Peter James and archaeologist Nick Thorpe have pooled in amassing this compendium of human ingenuity through the ages. Together they conclusively prove that our ancestors, however long ago they lived and whatever part of the globe they occupied, were problem-solvers. Brimming with odd facts and entertaining curiosities, written with zest and humor, 'Ancient Inventions' is a celebration of the inventiveness of the human mind.

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About the author (1995)

Peter James was born in Brighton, England on August 22, 1948. He graduated from Ravensbourne Film School and worked as screen writer and film producer for several years. He began his writing career in 1979 and has written over 25 books including Dead Letter Drop, Twilight, Host, Alchemist, The Perfect Murder, Perfect People, and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series. He won the UK Crime Writers Association Diamond Dagger award in 2016. The Diamond Dagger is awarded to writers whose careers are `marked by sustained excellence¿, and who have `made a significant contribution to crime writing published in the English language¿. Recipients are selected from nominations submitted by CWA members.

Nick Thorpe is an award-winning writer and journalist. A contributor to The Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, Scotsman", and BBC Radio 4", among others, he has covered stories ranging from Russian presidential elections to the coca wars of Bolivia, for which he was shortlisted for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.

Thorpe, an archeologist in prehistory, studied at Reading and London Universities and is presently Lecturer in Archeology at King Alfred's College, Winchester. He is the Director of research projects in Britain and Denmark.

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