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The Human Past: World Prehistory and the Development of Human Societies (Second Edition) Paperback – June 29, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0500287811 ISBN-10: 0500287813 Edition: Second Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; Second Edition edition (June 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500287813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500287811
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #800,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chris Scarre is Professor of Archaeology at Durham University. He is a specialist in European prehistory with a related interest in the ancient Near East and the Classical world of Greece and Rome. He was editor and principal author of Past Worlds: The Times Atlas of Archaeology (1995); more recently he co-authored Ancient Civilizations (with Brian Fagan, 3rd ed., 2007). He has directed and co-directed excavations at prehistoric sites in France, Portugal, and the Channel Islands, most recently exploring the prehistoric monuments of Herm (Guernsey). His current research interests include the study of archaeoacoustics and the color, origin, and symbolic significance of materials in the Neolithic monuments of Western Europe.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Gisela Geisel on July 18, 2009
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The Human Past is an indispensable guide to world prehistory & introductory archaeological methods. It is an edited volume with each chapter written by one or two experts focusing on a particular region/time period. The result is that each individual chapter is a stand-alone synthetic treatment of, for example, the prehistory/archaeology of Holocene Europe or South Asia. Equal treatment seems to be given to both New and Old World developments, a quality many other World Prehistory Textbooks lack!

The timelines & maps in each chapter allow a comparative perspective both geographically and temporally. It is visually pleasing, logically laid out, and relatively inexpensive as far as introductory textbooks go. In my opinion, this book has a place on any Anthropology undergraduate or graduate student's bookshelf!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dinogirl17 on February 26, 2013
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Bought this book for a class on World Archaeology. As an anthropologist I was intrigued by it, but there was way too much fluff. Could definitely have been condensed and edited better.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By laura Sotelo on September 18, 2011
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Great prehistory textbook for Universities! Are you a fan of being a sapien? This book could clue you in to your past, and the hominid evolutionary timeline and much more.
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By Anthony R on August 4, 2013
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The first half of the book (covering up to about 50000BC) reads like a dictionary of archaeological sites, which makes it frustrating to read. However, the author(s) are so thorough that I can't imagine there is much on the topic of Anthropology that you couldn't find in this book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan on April 29, 2014
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It is okay.
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