People of the Earth

People of the Earth : An Introduction to World Prehistory with CD

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For courses in Introduction to Archaeology.This comprehensive and well-established text is appropriate for courses in world prehistory taught in anthropology departments. It tells the beginning student a narrative story of human prehistory with a global voice and without a specific theoretical viewpoint. Designed to show how today's diverse humanity developed biologically and culturally over millions of years against a background of constant climatic change, it treats all areas of the world evenly and covers all periods of prehistory from human origins to the appearance of literate civilizations. Recent discoveries, new archaeological methodologies, and the latest theories of human biological and cultural evolution are emphasized throughout.
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  • Mixed media product | 645 pages
  • 215.9 x 271.78 x 27.94mm | 1,338.09g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 10th edition
  • 0130283215
  • 9780130283214

Table of contents

1. Introducing World Prehistory. I. BEGINNINGS (6 MILLION TO 40,000 YEARS AGO). 2. Human Origins: The Emergence of Early Human Ancestors. 3. Homo erectus and Homo 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 8000B.C.). 5. The First Americans (? 14,000 B.C. to Modern Times). 6. Africans and Australians (45,000 Years Ago to Modern Times). 7. Intensification and Complexity (Before 10,000 B.C. to Modern Times). III. FIRST FARMERS (C. 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 (C. 3000 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 sites and Cultures. Bibliography of World Prehistory. Index.
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About Brian M. 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 monuments 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 seven best-selling textbooks: Ancient Lives: An Introduction to Archaeology: In the Beginning; Archaeology: A Brief Introduction; World Prehistory; Historical Archaeology (with Charles E. Orser); 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; Floods, Famines, and Emperors: El Nino and the Fate of Civilizations; and Ancient North America. 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 has received 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, three cats (who supervise his writing), a chinchilla, a goldfish, and last but not least, three rabbits.
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