A comprehensive and indispensable guide to world prehistory and how archaeology helps us to understand the enormous diversity of the human past.
The text has established itself as a thorough and authoritative survey of human prehistory and the development of civilizations. Written by an international team of acknowledged experts, it presents a streamlined overview through a series of chapters focusing on individual regions and time periods. The Third Edition has been completely revised to offer updated scholarship and discoveries and features new color illustrations. 788 illustrations, 296 in color
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.
Fantastic textbook. Although a multi-authored book, there is clear homogeneity in the presentation of the various chapters. The illustrations are really beautiful, it is almost an art book. It is a must have for who is interested in archaeology. It spans a period of several millions years. All the major archaeological sites are described, I recommend really to buy the latest edition, although older editions are available at discount price. The latest developments, like the sequencing of neanderthal DNA and others are discussed in this new edition and this is fascinating. Archaeology is really a science on the move.
For starters I like that this book those not have a yearly new issue just to added one new event or update a few statistics. When ever a new version of this book is released there really is a great amount of new archeology finds and any new theories.
There is a lot of information, but there is a lot of information. Let me explain. If you have the time to read through all this it is a great read. Yet, when you have 3 other classes that need attending to I cannot get through it all at once. From my last test I can tell that skimming the book has actually helped way more in all my classes. We get a study guide so I will go back and reread the important stuff that is in it. Often times there is just more than would ever be covered.
It does go in depth in many of the places, subjects and concepts. So if you have the time to sit and read it it fully it should provide you with lots of in sight.
Product Details :
- Paperback: 784 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson; Third Edition edition (February 6, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500290636
- ISBN-13: 978-0500290637
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 1.3 inches