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Settling the Earth: The Archaeology of Deep Human History [Kindle Edition]

Clive Gamble
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In this worldwide survey, Clive Gamble explores the evolution of the human imagination, without which we would not have become a global species. He sets out to determine the cognitive and social basis for our imaginative capacity and traces the evidence back into deep human history. He argues that it was the imaginative ability to 'go beyond' and to create societies where people lived apart yet stayed in touch that made us such effective world settlers. To make his case Gamble brings together information from a wide range of disciplines: psychology, cognitive science, archaeology, palaeoanthropology, archaeogenetics, geography, quaternary science and anthropology. He presents a novel deep history that combines the archaeological evidence for fossil hominins with the selective forces of Pleistocene climate change, engages with the archaeogeneticists' models for population dispersal and displacement, and ends with the Europeans' rediscovery of the deep history settlement of the Earth.

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'In Settling the Earth, Clive Gamble reconfirms his status as the finest mind working in Palaeolithic studies. He presents a radical reimagining of the global sweep of human history by rejecting the progress-bound divisions of previous summaries in favor of a partitioning based on brain expansion and population dispersal. The result is brilliant.' Thomas Wynn, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

'Eclectic and authoritative, Gamble's engaging new book provides a fresh take on the evolution of the human brain, navigating the reader through the changing landscapes, minds and societies of our ancestors and revealing the complex physical and cultural dynamics behind our ultimate colonization of the Earth.' Danielle Schreve, Royal Holloway University of London

'… we desperately need books like Settling the Earth and we need researchers like Clive Gamble who can write about the deep human past in a way that integrates archaeological evidence and interpretation so elegantly and with so much enthusiasm. This is a massive contribution to the understanding of the human past. It is impossible to properly assess it in a few words. It is a bold attempt to understand the structures of 10 million years of global human history … it is a book that provides a dazzling wealth of ideas, hypotheses and explanations, which are not presented as solid facts but rather are intended to be tested, revised and reformulated. It is unquestionable that this book is a milestone on our journey to improve our understanding of the human past and present.' Martin Porr, Antiquity

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How and when did we become the only human species to settle the whole Earth? How did our brains become so large? This book sets out to answer these fundamental questions, digging deep into the archives of archaeology, fossil ancestors and human genetics.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12834 KB
  • Print Length: 405 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (31 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GY3MHJ4
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #690,819 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Human History and Grand Understanding 21 July 2014
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Clive Gamble has written a scholarly book on the subject of human settlement patterns, causes and histories from what appears to be the perspective of population biology. Climate fluctuations and the Toba eruption and the changes in the influences exerted by the Milancovich Cycle make for informative reading on a grand scale. This book has an extensive bibliography and index, which aids in further research and specialization. I recommend this book for scholars and particularly students, as it is well researched and written.
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