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Patterns in Prehistory: Humankind's First Three Million Years Paperback – March 4, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0195085723 ISBN-10: 0195085728 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4th edition (March 4, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195085728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195085723
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.4 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Solid, well-written, up-to-date, authoritative....The overall control of the literature is excellent, and the theoretical perspective is one congenial to that of most American archaelogists. It will continue to set a standard matched by few of its rivals."--American Antiquity (on the previous edition)


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Robert J. Wenke, Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Emperor Penguin on June 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
I found myself listening to people whine and complain about the detail that Wenke goes into when discussing a topic. As compared to a textbook such as Fagan's 'People of The Earth', 'Patterns in Prehistory' certainly is rather long-winded in some regards. When cramming for a test, it might not be the best, yet I thouroughly enjoyed reading through it. It feels as though you are having a discussion with Mr. Wenke himself, not trudging through the required reading before a lecture. It's the kind of textbook you take with you to a comfortable chair and read leisurely, not one with which you come armed with highliter, expecting helpful 'test terms' and colorful pictures. I'm glad I was able to use this textbook as opposed to Fagan (which I've glanced over). I feel that I have come away with a much better understanding than those who failed to get past the small print and long chapters. And compared to other textbooks, it's a steal pricewise. Mr. Wenke is an excellent writer with an obvious passion for his field, I thank him for a solid read.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tim G. on August 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a suitable textbook for an introductory class on world prehistory. Comrehensive in scope, it goesd from australopithecus to the pre-contact in the New World. Wenke's writing is simple and straightforward, so even generalists with no archaeological background will be able to follow easily. The writing is even occasionally enlivened with Wenke's oft-present sardonic wit, although this falls flat a lot of the time. However, the sheer timespan covered by this text prevents it from going into any interesting detail, leaving the surface barely scratched. While easy to read, it's of less use, the further up one goes in the field of archaeology. It's also rather difficult to take notes from, and contains pages of daunting, unbroken texts. Some neat charts to break up the flow would help students. Perhaps because I have gone beyond this level now, I'm an arky snob, but I was less than impressed with this book.
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By frans on September 25, 2013
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real physical book in perfect condition. though takes long time for shipment, still worth it compare to its cheap price
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