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The Human Past

World Prehistory and the Development of Human Societies

Chris Scarre



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Thames & Hudson
01 February 2018
The Human Past has established itself as the most thorough and authoritative introductory survey of human prehistory and the development of civilizations around the globe, adopted by colleges and universities worldwide. With a clear and logical framework, and written by an international team of 24 acknowledged experts, this unique textbook provides a comprehensive overview of world prehistory through a series of chapters focusing on individual regions and time periods that presents the vast panorama of human social, cultural and economic development over the past three million years. This new edition has been completely revised and updated, with more colour illustrations, to take account of new discoveries and developments, including what the analysis of ancient DNA tells us about our evolution; the latest theories about the domestication of key plants and animals, including rice and maize; and new thinking on the earliest Paleoindian hunting strategies.
Edited by:   Chris Scarre
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   4th Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 276mm,  Width: 215mm, 
Weight:   1.880kg
ISBN:   9780500294208
ISBN 10:   0500294208
Publication Date:   01 February 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Human Past: World Prehistory and the Development of Human Societies

'Absolutely essential reading for all students of archaeology' - Barry Cunliffe, University of Oxford 'One of the best overviews of world prehistory it is possible to get. Excellent coverage, up to date and accessible' - Tim Reynolds, Birkbeck, University of London 'Exciting, accessible and informative ... by far the best introduction available' - Cyprian Broodbank, Institute of Archaeology, University College London 'The perfect textbook ... this is the kind of book we wish we'd had' - How It Works

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