The Palaeolithic Societies of Europe

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 28, 1999 - Social Science - 505 pages
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Palaeolithic societies have been a neglected topic in the discussion of human origins. But in the past forty years archaeologists have recovered a wealth of information from Palaeolithic sites throughout the European continent that reveal many illuminating facets of social life over this 500,000-year period. Clive Gamble, introducing a new approach to this material, interrogates the data for information on the scale of social interaction, and the forms of social existence. The result is a reconstruction of ancient human societies, and a fresh perspective on the unique experience of human beings.
 

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Professor Gamble interrogates the archeological evidencefrom stone tools, hunting and campsites for information on the scale of social interaction, and the forms of social life. (..) He reconstructs ... Read full review

Contents

Pulling aside the Palaeolithic curtain
1
The individual society and networks
32
A Palaeolithic framework locales rhythms and regions
65
The first European societies 500000300000 years ago
98
Neanderthal societies 300000 to 60000 years ago
174
The rhythms of social life 6000021000 years ago the transition from the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic in Europe
268
The extensions of social life 6000021000 years ago regions and locales networks and landscapes
351
The Palaeolithic societies of Europe
417
Notes
427
Bibliography
440
Site index
494
General index
498
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