Lost Civilisations Of The Stone Age: A Journey Back to Our Cultural Origins Paperback – 2 Sep 1999
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The book argues that civilisation didn't begin overnight but rather developed gradually along with evolution of humans and that what has 'been started' by other type of humans/hominids was to continue by modern humans when they appeared later.
While those who describe these 'unconventional' views as 'fantasy', others may see the logic of it. I'm one of them. To me, the view of 'suddeness' is fantasy unless we were visited by exterrestial beings who taught us 'civilisation' which in my opinion did not happen.
I found the book a bit boring in parts but only because the author seems to go into minute detail. Others may prefer this style of writing so it's a matter of personal choice.
I'd recommend the book to anyone interested in archaeology, especially on the subject prehistory.
He describes how Stone Age explorers discovered all the world's land masses, presents strong evidence for writing before 5000 BC and for mathematical, medical and astronomical science as well as tool-making and mining long before the Sumerians. Much evidence of sophisticated cultures exists from the Neolithic (about 10 000 years ago), in Europe, the Near East & Japan. Tracing the human story from the cusp of history back to the earliest known artifacts, he shows that the making of rugs, dental drilling, mining, pyrotechnology and accountancy among others, were all known in this period.
But not only that - the other "ideological wall" placed at about 40 000 BC is also being shown up to be highly dubious as many anomalous cases of earlier symbolic and artistic activities are coming to light. I found chapters 2 - 5, on language & writing, of particular interest as it deals with the work of inter alia Colin Renfrew, Dolgopolsky, Greenberg, Ruhlen & Starostin, including macrofamilies like Eurasiatic, Nostratic, Dene-Sino-Caucasian and the search for the mother tongue Proto-Human or Proto-World.Read more ›
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I found this book fascinating. Richard Rudgley's basic contention is that we give prehistoric people far less credit than they deserve, that many of the hallmarks of what we were... Read morePublished on 8 Dec. 2011 by Jason
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