Patterns in Prehistory: Humankind's First Three Million Years

Patterns in Prehistory: Humankind's First Three Million Years


By (author) Robert J. Wenke

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 720 pages
  • Dimensions: 191mm x 233mm x 32mm | 1,211g
  • Publication date: 27 May 1999
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195085728
  • ISBN 13: 9780195085723
  • Edition: 4, Revised
  • Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: numerous halftones and line drawings

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Patterns of Prehistory is a comprehensive survey of world prehistory, from the origins of early hominids several million years ago to the evolution of the first great states and civilizations, focusing on the problem of formulating scientific explanations of the great cultural transformations of the past. In this fourth edition, Wenke has completely updated the text to incorporate recent archaeological discoveries and to address the insights and limitations of the new wave of "post-processual" or "cognitive" archaeology.

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"Solid, well-written, up-to-date, authoritative....The overall control of the literature is excellent, and the theoretical perspective is one congenial to that of most American archaelogists. It will continue to set a standard matched by few of its rivals."--American Antiquity (on the previous edition)