After the Ice: A Global Human History 20,000-5000 BC

After the Ice: A Global Human History 20,000-5000 BC

by Steven Mithen
     
 

20,000 B.C., the peak of the last ice age--the atmosphere is heavy with dust, glaciers span vast regions, and people face the threat of extinction. But these people live on the brink of seismic change--10,000 years of climate shifts culminating in abrupt global warming that will usher in a fundamentally changed human world. This is the story of this momentous… See more details below

Overview

20,000 B.C., the peak of the last ice age--the atmosphere is heavy with dust, glaciers span vast regions, and people face the threat of extinction. But these people live on the brink of seismic change--10,000 years of climate shifts culminating in abrupt global warming that will usher in a fundamentally changed human world. This is the story of this momentous period--one in which a seemingly minor alteration in temperature could presage anything from the spread of lush woodland to the coming of apocalyptic floods--and one in which we find the origins of civilization itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674019997
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2006
Pages:
664
Sales rank:
324,058
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

1The birth of history3
2The world at 20,000 BC8
3Fires and flowers20
4Village life in the oak woodland29
5On the banks of the Euphrates40
6One thousand years of drought46
7The founding of Jericho56
8Pictograms and pillars62
9In the valley of ravens72
10The town of ghosts80
11Heaven and hell at Catalhoyuk88
12Three days on Cyprus97
13Pioneers in northern lands110
14With reindeer hunters122
15At Star Carr134
16Last of the cave painters143
17Coastal catastrophe150
18Two villages in Southeast Europe158
19Islands of the dead168
20At the frontier178
21A Mesolithic legacy187
22A Scottish envoi196
23Searching for the first Americans210
24American past in the present221
25On the banks of Chinchihaupi229
26Explorers in a restless landscape236
27Clovis hunters on trial246
28Virginity reconsidered258
29Herders and the 'Christ-child'266
30A double-take in the Oaxaca Valley274
31To Koster286
32Salmon fishing and the gift of history296
33A lost world revealed304
34Body scupture at Kow Swamp312
35Across the arid zone319
36Fighting men and a serpent's birth327
37Pigs and gardens in the highlands337
38Lonesome in Sundaland348
39Down the Yangtze359
40With the Jomon370
41Summer in the Arctic381
42A passage through India396
43A long walk across the Hindu Kush407
44Vultures of the Zagros420
45Approaching civilisation in Mesopotamia430
46Baked fish by the Nile443
47On Lukenya Hill453
48Frogs' legs and ostrich eggs462
49A South African tour469
50Thunderbolts in the tropics483
51Sheep and cattle in the Sahara490
52Farmers in the Nile Valley and beyond499
Epilogue : 'the blessings of civilisation'504

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