People of the Earth: An Introduction to World History (Myanthrokit) Paperback – 31 Jul 2009
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About the Author
Brian Fagan is one of the leading archaeological writers in the world and an internationally recognized authority on world prehistory. He studied archaeology and anthropology at Pembroke College, Cambridge University, and then spent seven years in sub-Saharan Africa working in museums and in monument conservation and excavating early farming sites in Zambia and East Africa. He was one of the pioneers of multidisciplinary African history in the 1960s. From 1967 to 2003, he was professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he specialized in lecturing and writing about archaeology to wide audiences. He is now professor emeritus.
Professor Fagan has written six best-selling textbooks: Ancient Lives: An Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory; In the Beginning; Archaeology: A Brief Introduction; People of the Earth; World Prehistory; and A Brief History of Archaeology―all published by Prentice Hall―which are used around the world. His general books include The Rape of the Nile, a classic history of Egyptology; The Adventure of Archaeology; Time Detectives; Ancient North America; The Little Ice Age; and The Great Warming. He is general editor of the Oxford Companion to Archaeology. In addition, he has published several scholarly monographs on African archaeology and numerous specialized articles in national and international journals. He is also an expert on multimedia teaching and received the Society for American Archaeology’s first Public Education Award for his indefatigable efforts on behalf of archaeology and education.
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Based on previous reviews I'd read regarding the content I was expecting it to be slow reading. But I have no complaints about how the author has presented the material. Interesting and engaging so far...
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Basically PE is your standard textbook. It consists of five parts, moving from pre-human evolution, the spread of anatomically modern humans, farming and domestication, Old World civilizations and Native American civilizations. It is (as some low-rating reviewers have commented) dry, but this isn’t a big shock. It’s a textbook after all. It’s extremely comprehensive, covering archaeological sites of the location and peoples in question, their respective ages and chronologies, discussion of their cultures, religions, worldviews, artifacts, etc. - the whole gamut. PE also has a plethora of charts, graphs and very nice pictures that appear on almost every other page. So, if this subject is something you’d be interested in researching, this book wouldn’t be a bad place to start.
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