World Prehistory: A Brief Introduction
Written by one of the leading archaeological writers in the world--in a simple, jargon-free narrative style--this brief, well-illustrated account of the major developments in the human past (from the origins of humanity to the origins of literate civilization) is ideal for those with no previous knowledge of the subject. Up to date and state of the art in content and perspective, it covers the entire world (not just the Americas or Europe), placing major emphasis on both theories and the latest archaeological and multidisciplinary approaches. The main focus is on four major developments--the origins of humanity; the appearance and spread of modern humans before and during the late Ice Age, including the first settlement of the Americas; the beginnings of food production; and the rise of the first civilizations. Features special boxes on Science (e.g., key dating methods and other scientific approaches), Sites (e.g., sites of unusual importance or interest, and Voices (e.g., quotes from writings of ancient times). Human Origins. African Exodus. Diaspora. The Origins of Food Production. The First Farmers. Chiefs and Chiefdoms. State-Organized Societies. Mesopotamia and the Eastern Mediterranean World. Egypt and Africa. South, Southeast, And East Asia. Lowland Mesoamerica. Highland Mesamerica. Andean Civilizations. For anyone interested in Archaeology, World Prehistory, Human Antiquity.
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adaptation Africa agriculture America ancestors ancient animals archaeological archaeologists archaic artifacts Asia Australopithecus Australopithecus afarensis Aztec bones burial cave central century a.d. ceremonial center Chapter chiefdoms China civilization coast coastal collapse complex Cro-Magnon cultural change developed domesticated earliest early economic Egypt Egyptian elaborate environment Europe evolution excavated farmers farming Figure flourished food production foragers fossil groups Harappan highlands hominids Homo erectus Homo habilis Homo sapiens Homo sapiens sapiens Ice Age Inca irrigation island kilometers king Kingdom land late Ice Age later lived lowlands maize major Maya Maya civilization Mediterranean Mesoamerican Mesopotamia meters Mexico millennium B.C. million years ago Moche modern humans mounds Neanderthals Nile North northern obsidian Olduvai Olmec pharaohs political population pyramid radiocarbon dates region religious rulers settlement social southern Southwest Southwest Asia southwestern state-organized societies Sumerian temple teosinte Teotihuacan Tikal Tiwanaku trade tropical Valley of Oaxaca village wild
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