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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs M. Smith Inc (Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586850989
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586850982
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Originally published in the Bulletin of Primitive Technology , 79 articles describe basic technology and skills practiced by our ancient ancestors. Aimed at the general reader, the articles cover such topics as eating wild plants, cooking in primitive pottery, making bows and arrows, tanning hides,

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Oct. 2003
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This book is quite good, but lacks colour photographs and easy to follow step by step diagrams. However it makes up for this by such a diversity of primitive crafts such as coracle and canoe construction. A great book, if you already have some background knowledge.
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By sam williams on 29 Mar. 2014
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I have written a glowing review for Earth skills aswell as this copy of Ancestral skills, I would recommend you buy both as I interchange between the two. Written by people who actually practice what they preach and boy does it show, I have read both books cover to cover allready and practiced some of the techniques with surprising success for a beginner. Do not hesitate to buy, these are a must for anyone interested in how life SHOULD be lived.
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Highly Recommended by a Paleotechnologist!!! 18 April 2004
By Jurgen Wegter - Published on Amazon.com
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This book together with the first book: A Book of Earth Skills from the same author, will show you nearly everything you need to know on primitive technology.
Buy the " Naked into the Wilderness" books written by the McPhersons as well and your library on the subject is complete.
No better books available then these four!!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The Books that keep on giving 18 Jan. 2007
By T. A. Tugnett - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently purchased Primitive Tech. and Primitive Tech II as a set. The information found in these books are priceless! These two books alone could keep you busy this life time and into the next. A great foundation of resourses into learning to live with the land and the resourses that are found around you. Just the historical aspect of the books are worth a read!
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Quality. 27 Sept. 2010
By Russ Cutts - Published on Amazon.com
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I work in the outdoor education and primitive technology field and can personally account for the quality instruction offered by many of the authors in this work. I am a contributing writer to the Bulletin of Primitive Technology and am proud to be a part of the preservation and proliferation of ancient skills and wisdom. Less for the "survival situation" -- though certainly important! -- and moreso for the honest self-reflection found within the integrity of these arts, I recommend the study of earthskills.
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A good start, but needs serious up-dating 13 Jan. 2012
By T. Amerson - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is based on individual essays on various topics. Each topic is explored by a different " Expert". Many of these skills are in danger of being forgotten, so for this alone its a good book. What really needs to be considered by the compiler is new info, with new photography and updated , clear instructions. Many skills here, such as Brain tanning and stone tools, to name a few, are quite good. There are a few selections that are a bit foggy in their rendition.Its a good reference book anyway for taking with you when outdoors to learn...one at a time. Many folks buy these kind of books thinking they can just turn to page 84 and learn at a glance, some hard won skill. Not so...These all take a lot of practice and hard work. Try fire making first, shelters,food gathering and storage. These are essential. Learning one skill...well, over a summer; even several will take you a long way. Remember to lower your standards to SURVIVAL. Its generally not pretty, but you do gain one day...then another and also you gain the courage to try and the experience to succeed. Enjoy learning what our ancestors had to learn...or die!
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Excellent Book 17 Aug. 2010
By Daniel J. Truesdale - Published on Amazon.com
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This book outlines many primitive technologies in a way that is detailed, accurate, and easy to understand. The book is composed of sections from various authors and many sections have spelling errors, but that does not take away from the quality of the information. This is a great book. More people need to read this and practice these technologies so that this knowledge is not lost.
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