People of the Earth

People of the Earth : An Introduction to World Prehistory w/CD: International Edition

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For courses in introduction to World Prehistory.Taking students on a fascinating journey through the 7-million-year-old landscape of the human past, this internationally renowned text provides a narrative account of human prehistory from the earliest times through the earliest civilizations. Written in a jargon-free, easily accessible style, the Eleventh Edition is designed to show how today's diverse humanity developed biologically and culturally over millions of years against a background of constant climatic more

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  • Paperback | 597 pages
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 11th edition
  • 0131229060
  • 9780131229068

About Brian Fagan

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. Since 1967, he has been Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has specialized in lecturing and writing about archaeology to wide audiences. Professor Fagan has written six best-selling textbooks: Ancient Lives: An Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory; In the Beginning Archaeology: A Brief Introduction; World Prehistory; Ancient Civilizations (with Chris Scarre); and this volume-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 Before California: An Archaeologist Looks at Our Earliest Inhabitants. He was also 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 the recipient of the Society for American Archaeology's first Public Education Award for his indefatigable efforts on behalf of archaeology and education. Brian Fagan's other interests include bicycling, sailing, kayaking, and good food. He is married and lives in Santa Barbara with his wife and daughter, four cats (who supervise his writing), and last but not least, a minimum of four more

Table of contents

1. Introducing World Prehistory. I. BEGINNINGS (7 MILLION TO 40,000 YEARS AGO). 2. Human Origins (7 Million to 1.9 Million Years Ago). 3. Homo erectus and Homo sapiens and sapiens, (1.9 Million to 40,000 Years Ago). II. THE GREAT DIASPORA: THE SPREAD OF MODERN HUMANS (45,000 Years Ago to Modern Times). 4. Europe and Eurasia (c. 40,000 to 8000 B.C.). 5. The First Americans (?13,000 B.C. to Modern Times). 6. Africans and Australians (c. 45,000 Years Ago to Modern Times). 7. Intensification and Complexity (Before 10,000 B.C. to Modern Times). III. FIRST FARMERS (10,000 B.C. TO MODERN TIMES). 8. A Plenteous Harvest:The Origins. 9. The Origins of Food Production in Southwest Asia. 10. The First European Farmers. 11. First Farmers in Egypt and Tropical Africa. 12. Asia and the Pacific: Rice, Roots, and Ocean Voyages. 13. The Story of Maize: Early Farmers in the Americas. IV. OLD WORLD CIVILIZATIONS (3,000 B.C. TO MODERN TIMES). 14. The Development of Civilization. 15. Early Civilizations in Southwest Asia. 16. Egypt, Nubia, and Africa. 17. Early States in South and Southeast Asia. 18. Early Chinese Civilization. 19. Hittites, Minoans, and Mycenaeans. 20. Europe Before the Romans. V. NATIVE AMERICAN CIVILIZATIONS (2000 B.C. TO A.D. 1534). 21. Mesoamerican Civilizations. 22. Andean States. Glossary of Cultures and Sites. Bibliography of World Prehistory. more