A Few Books on Archaeology , Prehistory, and Ancient Civilizations

A Listmania! list by Michele "mich" (CA, USA)
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Prehistoric Art: The Symbolic Journey of Humankind
1.  Prehistoric Art: The Symbolic Journey of Humankind by Randall White
The list author says:
  "This is a magnificent looking production, with hundreds of ancient items reproduced in extraordinary quality. The captioning, referencing and graphics are excellent.

I loved this book. It changed how I view art, and how we cannot assume that our stone age ancestor think the same way we do."
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The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art
2.  The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art by J. David Lewis-Williams
The list author says:
  "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."
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Chauvet Cave: The Art of Earliest Times
3.  Chauvet Cave: The Art of Earliest Times by Jean Clottes
The list author says:
  "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."
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Lascaux: Movement, Space and Time
4.  Lascaux: Movement, Space and Time by Norbert Aujoulat
The list author says:
  "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."
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The Cave of Altamira
5.  The Cave of Altamira by Pedro A. Saura Ramos
The list author says:
  "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"
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Inside the Neolithic Mind: Consciousness, Cosmos, and the Realm of the Gods
6.  Inside the Neolithic Mind: Consciousness, Cosmos, and the Realm of the Gods by J. David Lewis-Williams
The list author says:
  "An exploration of how brain structure and cultural content interacted in the Neolithic period 10,000 years ago to produce unique life patterns and belief systems.

Might be a dry read for some."
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Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors
7.  Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors by Nicholas Wade
The list author says:
  "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."
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The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age
8.  The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age by Richard Rudgley
The list author says:
  "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."
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The Goddess and the Bull: Catalhoyuk--An Archaeological Journey to the Dawn of Civilization
9.  The Goddess and the Bull: Catalhoyuk--An Archaeological Journey to the Dawn of Civilization by Michael Balter
The list author says:
  "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."
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Village on the Euphrates: From Foraging to Farming at Abu Hureyra
10.  Village on the Euphrates: From Foraging to Farming at Abu Hureyra by A. M. T. Moore
The list author says:
  "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."
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Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization
11.  Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization by Jonathan M. Kenoyer
The list author says:
  "Wonderfully illustrated and thought provoking book about such a rich civilization. It is modern in its approach, and updates a number of previous studies."
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After the Ice: A Global Human History 20,000-5000 BC
12.  After the Ice: A Global Human History 20,000-5000 BC by Steven Mithen
The list author says:
  "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."
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The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization
13.  The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization by Brian M. Fagan
The list author says:
  "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."
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Europe Between the Oceans: 9000 BC-AD 1000
14.  Europe Between the Oceans: 9000 BC-AD 1000 by Barry W. Cunliffe
The list author says:
  "Eleven thousand years of ancient European history compressed into 518 pages with lavish and glossy photos, a bounty of maps, substantive texts, an outsized outside margin large enough to hold notes."
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Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization
15.  Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization by Graham Hancock
The list author says:
  ""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."
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Warrior Women: An Archaeologist's Search for History's Hidden Heroines
16.  Warrior Women: An Archaeologist's Search for History's Hidden Heroines by Jeannine Davis-Kimball
The list author says:
  "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."
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Women in the Ancient World
17.  Women in the Ancient World by Jenifer Neils
The list author says:
  "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."
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Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt
18.  Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt by Barbara Mertz
The list author says:
  "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."
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The First American: The Suppressed Story of the People Who Discovered the New World
19.  The First American: The Suppressed Story of the People Who Discovered the New World by Christopher Hardaker
The list author says:
  "New book about the discoveries at Valsequillo, Mexico and the impossibly old dates  for the artifacts, dates way older than the prevailing Clovis dates.

Soon after these dates (250,000 years), this once world-class archaeological region became off-limits for official research, a "professional forbidden zone." This book tries to find out why."
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