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Susan Foster McCarter holds a degree in Mediterranean prehistory from Brandeis University.  For almost twenty years she has been a member of the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University.  She also teaches art history and archaeology at York College of Pennsylvania.

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  • File Size: 8279 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (November 12, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ABM05V6
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Crawford on January 11, 2009
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This is one of those books that can open the reader's eyes onto a massively important era in human development. The neolithic age began approximately 10,000 years ago, marking the end of the 2 million year-old hunter-gatherer societies. The change was absolutely immense, in that humans began to raise their own food, became sedentary, and developed in outline the societies that have survived to the current day.

In McCarter's hands, we gain an overview of the major areas of this transformation. She writes as a scientist who can address a popular audience, at a high undergraduate level. While avoiding long debates or esoteric descriptions of significant artifacts, she goes over the essentials in a level of detail and complexity that keeps the reader going, indeed, that whets the appetite for seeking more - that is the surest sign of success in any reading experience. Every single page is chock full of ideas and descriptions that add to a comprehensive view of the age.

The book is divided into digestible sections, beginning with a description of the scientific tools, from carbon dating through mendelian genetics and many others. While a bit brief, it makes for a dense introduction. She then addresses topics, including pottery, art, trade, society, architecture and concludes with a discussion on why the transition took place - interestingly, she refuses to sound definitive when the science will not support the conclusion. In each instance, she discusses with exceptional clarity the method employed to reach her conclusions, the reasons that past ideas were rejected, and the areas of continuing controversy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carl J. Schneider on August 27, 2007
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In this short but thorough book McCarter skillfully combines the scholarly and the readable. Her overview happily introduces the college student to the Neolithic Age, even as it clarifies and organizes the general reader's vague knowledge of that period. As a bonus, the author gives us throughout the text side boxes of fascinating related answers for questions we've always wondered about but couldn't quite formulate--for instance, why are there so many breeds of dogs and so few of cats?
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Pedagogically sound introduction to Neolithic, relatively up-to-date and centred on no-nonsense facts and a handful of careful ethnological references when needed. Suitable for any amateur prehistory nerd !
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By Chris J on June 23, 2013
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Very readable and informative. I have been reading many books on the Paleolithic and so this book was a good choice to help in understanding the transition to farming. The author does a great job of making the book an entertaining read, while maintaining scientific integrity. She clearly underscores the limits of our knowledge and the continued excitement of discovery.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Ault on July 7, 2014
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The book was in the best condition I've ever seen a book can be for a used book. It was just what I needed for school. Thanks
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