"Fascinating look at the mysterious cave paintings of Western Europe. The author theorizes that the people of the Upper Paleolithic harnessed altered states of consciousness to fashion their society and used imagery as a means of establishing and defining social relationships."
"Author, Jean Clottes, leading a team of researchers, has been examining the Chauvet caves for over a decade. In this book, the images are catalogued, defined and analysed for age and content. More than anything else, this book is a fantastic depiction of the images, in both panoramic and in close detail."
"In this illustrated volume, packed with new photographs, maps, and explanatory diagrams of the paintings, the author takes us from the entrance of the cave to its deepest and most hidden parts and provides us with new insight into these remarkable works, tracing the birth of ancient mythologies-and of art."
"This book offers an excellent visual experience to armchair visitors, and is the only way most of us will get to Altamira. The cave is closed to protect the paintings. ALso has good essays on the history of the cave discovery and problems of conservation"
"Genetics has been intruding on human origins research, long the domain of archaeology and paleoanthropology. Veteran science journalist Wade applies the insights of genetics to every intriguing question about the appearance and global dispersal of our species."
"this book was published in 1997 and need some updating, but, It told me things about the early use of symbols that I did not know, and told me them in a readable and decently illustrated way. Could be a dry read for some, but still makes this list and it does add to knowledge of the era in question."
"Catal Hoyuk is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and this book seems to focus more on the question of how how we started to learn to live together in towns and developed complex societies."
"Tel Abu Hureyra is a settlement by the Euphrates River in Syria. It was excavated in early 1970's by an international team of archaeologists. The findings made there, capture the transition in human history from the hunting-and-gathering to the farming way of life."
"The book's scope is vast, some 15,000 years of time and the entire globe. Author utilizes a favorite technique of SciFi - time travel - to explain how our ancestors once lived. Book takes us to the numerous dig sites prehistoric scholars have found and analyzed."
"Book traces the effects of climactic change on civilizations over the past 15,000 years--a period of prolonged global warning that has only accelerated over the past 150 years. The author is most interested in how civilizations have responded to, or been radically altered by, changes in environment."
""Underworld" is a collation of ancient legends, old maps, submerged evidence and innovative thinking that gives humanity much deeper roots than previously thought. Part history, part travel guide, Graham Hancock takes us on an interesting journey."
"This book weaves science, mythology, and mystical cultures into a bold new historical tapestry of female heroines and leaders who have been left out of the history books...until now. Its a provocative re-examination of gender roles."
"This book takes a fresh look at visual representations of women in the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and analyzes them for indications of women’s roles in these societies. After examining their traditional functions as wives and mothers, the author presents evidence of women’s participation in the public and religious spheres."
"Easy to read book that holds the readers interest. The author doesn't get into long explanations of past or current controversies in Egyptology but sticks to the basics of what can be known and understood about ancient Egyptian society.
A great update to this classic of Egyptological literature."