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The Human Past: World Prehistory and the Development of Human Societies Paperback – 6 Jun 2005

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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; First Edition edition (6 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500285314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500285312
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"'What an accomplishment!... Each chapter provides an incisive, up-to-date summary of its subject that will remain an authoritative source for years to come' - Professor Richard A. Diehl, author of The Olmecs; 'A brilliant synthesis and the best single account of the state of archaeological knowledge about our past' - Professor Ezra Zubrow"

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Chris Scarre is Deputy Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, and editor of the Cambridge Archaeological Journal. He is co-author with Brian Fagan of the textbook Ancient Civilizations.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. D. Mckee on 18 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
I have always wanted to understand more about prehistory (The history before writing) and early history and this book has provided a unique resource for this, and all in one place.
The book is highly accessible and well written and informs across a broad range of subjects. For example, I never new that Africa went straight into an Iron Age, missing the bronze age altogether! dating methods such as Carbon 14 and mitochondrial DNA are well explained, together with limitations of the approaches.
I would recommend this book to anyone who seeks to find out a bit more about where we came from.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Leoan on 6 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
This book contains a vast history of human life and covers many aspects of the development of human societies which is sympathetic and complimentary to students of anthropology as well as archaeologists.
Well referenced and presented with clean lines and good spacing makes this book informative and a pleasure to read with many illustrations to clarify and support the text.
There is also a 'further reading and suggested websites' section to conclude each chapter, acting as a starting point for further study of a topic.

In short: In-depth and informative.

And the language? Had not noticed... This book is on the undergraduate reading list for the Arch and Anth course at Cambridge, no one seems to mind.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
This book has a similar layout to Archaeology:Theories, Methods and Practice as it is published by Thames and Hudson. It has the same fantastic layout, pictures and graphs as Renfrew and Bahn, with the same easy to read, and easy to understand format. It has case studies for each time period and includes bibliographies for further reading. This book goes from the earliest man to the transition to farming and beyond, and gives a clear understanding of the subject of human evolution. Each chapter deals with different areas of the world and different time periods. It is packed full of information and I found it to be incredibley useful when I needed it for a university assignment. All in all, I highly recommend this book for students, archaeologists and anthropologists, and indeed, anyone with an interest in how we came to be who we are today.
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