The Human Past

World Prehistory & the Development of Human Societies

Author: Christopher Scarre

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500290637

Category: Social Science

Page: 784

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A team of leading archaeologists and specialists explores the social, cultural, and economic development of the human race over the course of three million years, sharing insight into how archaeologists are able to learn about ancient human experience while providing an introduction to prehistory within a regional and chronological framework. Original.
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Introducing Archaeology, Second Edition

Author: Robert J. Muckle

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442607874

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Introducing Archaeology offers a lively alternative to many other texts. While covering traditional elements of archaeology, including methods and prehistory, the book also integrates the key principles of curriculum reform for the twenty-first century, as outlined by the Society for American Archaeology. The second edition highlights recent developments in the field and includes a new chapter on archaeology beyond mainstream academia. It also integrates more examples from popular culture, including mummies, tattoos, pirates, and global warming. What results is a surprisingly fresh and contemporary take on archaeology, one that situates the discipline within, but also beyond, the academy. Introducing Archaeology is accompanied by a free website with chapter-by-chapter resources for students, including study questions. Visit www.introducingarchaeology.com. Instructor ancillaries for Introducing Archaeology include an instructor's manual, PowerPoint slides, and a testbank.
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The Human Impact on the Natural Environment

Past, Present, and Future

Author: Andrew S. Goudie

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118578252

Category: Science

Page: 424

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The seventh edition of this classic student text explores themultitude of impacts that humans have had over time uponvegetation, animals, soils, water, landforms and the atmosphere. Italso looks into the future and considers the ways in which climatechanges and modifications in land cover may change the environmentin coming decades. Extensively re-written, it contains many newstatistical tables, figures, and references. It is essentialreading for undergraduates in geography and environmental science,and for those who want a thorough, wide-ranging and balancedoverview of the impacts of humans upon naturalprocesses and systems from the Stone Age to the Anthropocene andwho wish to understand the major environmental issues that concernthe human race at the present time. Additional resources for this book can be found at: ahref="http://www.wiley.com/go/goudiehumanimpact"www.wiley.com/go/goudiehumanimpact/a.
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Global Environments Through the Quaternary

Exploring Environmental Change

Author: David E. Anderson,Andrew S. Goudie,Adrian G. Parker

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198742265

Category: Science

Page: 359

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Global Environments through the Quaternary delves into the environmental changes that have taken place during the Quaternary: the two to three million years during which man has inhabited the Earth. It is essential reading for any students seeking a balanced, objective overview of this truly interdisciplinary subject.
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The Neolithisation of Iran

Author: Roger Matthews,Hassan Fazeli Nashli

Publisher: Oxbow Books

ISBN: 1782971904

Category: History

Page: 272

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The period c. 10,000-5000 BC witnessed fundamental changes in the human condition with societies across the Fertile Crescent shifting their alignment from millennia-old practices of seasonally mobile hunting and foraging to year-round sedentism, plant cultivation and animal herding. The significant role of Iran in the early stages of this transition was recognised more than half a century ago but has not been to the fore of academic consciousness in recent decades. In the meantime, investigations into Neolithic transformation have proceeded apace in all other regions of the Fertile Crescent and beyond. Here, 18 studies attempt to redress that balance in re-assessing the role of Iran in the early neolithisation of human societies. These studies, many of them by Iranian scholars, consider patterns of change and/or continuity across a variety of topographical landscapes; investigate Neolithic settlement patterns, the use of caves, animal exploitation and environmental indicators and present new insights into some well-known and some newly investigated sites. The results re-affirm the formative role of this region in the transition to sedentary farming.
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Prehistoric Britain

Author: Timothy Darvill

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136973044

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

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Britain has been inhabited by humans for over half a million years, during which time there were a great many changes in lifestyles and in the surrounding landscape. This book, now in its second edition, examines the development of human societies in Britain from earliest times to the Roman conquest of AD 43, as revealed by archaeological evidence. Special attention is given to six themes which are traced through prehistory: subsistence, technology, ritual, trade, society, and population. Prehistoric Britain begins by introducing the background to prehistoric studies in Britain, presenting it in terms of the development of interest in the subject and the changes wrought by new techniques such as radiocarbon dating, and new theories, such as the emphasis on social archaeology. The central sections trace the development of society from the hunter-gatherer groups of the last Ice Age, through the adoption of farming, the introduction of metalworking, and on to the rise of highly organized societies living on the fringes of the mighty Roman Empire in the 1st century AD. Throughout, emphasis is given to documenting and explaining changes within these prehistoric communities, and to exploring the regional variations found in Britain. In this way the wealth of evidence that can be seen in the countryside and in our museums is placed firmly in its proper context. It concludes with a review of the effects of prehistoric communities on life today. With over 120 illustrations, this is a unique review of Britain's ancient past as revealed by modern archaeology. The revisions and updates to Prehistoric Britain ensure that this will continue to be the most comprehensive and authoritative account of British prehistory for those students and interested readers studying the subject.
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Capitalism and Classical Social Theory, Second Edition

Author: John Bratton,David Denham

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 144260655X

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

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Most texts on classical social theory offer exhaustive coverage of every possible theorist, making it difficult to use the book in one semester. Capitalism and Classical Social Theory, Second Edition represents a departure from this approach by offering solid coverage of the classical triumvirate (Marx, Durkheim, and Weber), but also extending the canon strategically to include Simmel, four early female theorists, and the writings of Du Bois. The result is a manageable, but thorough, examination of the key classical theorists. The second edition has been updated throughout and includes two new chapters: one on Weber and rationalization, and one on Du Bois and his writings on race. A new concluding chapter links classical theory to current developments in capitalism during an age of austerity.
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Prehistory

The Making of the Human Mind

Author: Colin Renfrew

Publisher: Random House LLC

ISBN: 0679640975

Category: History

Page: 219

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A leading archaeologist offers his own take on the history of human existence, examining the keys to human development, the seminal advances of the prehistoric era and their signficance, and the transition of prehistory to history with the invention of the written word.
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The Cutting Edge

New Approaches to the Archaeology of Human Origins

Author: Kathy Diane Schick,Nicholas Patrick Toth

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

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"The Cutting Edge: New Approaches to the Archaeology of Human Origins presents new studies focusing on the prehistoric evidence for proto-human behavior and adaptation. Based upon a Stone Age Institute conference, this book features many of the principal investigators in Early Stone Age research. This collection of papers expands our knowledge of human evolutionary studies and considers new avenues of inquiry for the future. These studies include the results of fieldwork at major archaeological sites between 2.6 and 1.4 million years ago, analytical approaches to Early Stone Age evidence, and experimental archaeological research probing the evolutionary significance of these early sites." --Book Jacket.
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