This engaging and accessible volume draws on the most recent historical archeological scholarship to tell the stories of human evolution, "gathering and hunting" societies, and the distinct breakthroughs that led to the emergence of the earliest cities, states, and civilizations. Highlighting both the separate paths and the intersecting journeys of diverse human communities, In the Beginning provides the essential but often neglected foundation on which all subsequent historical development was constructed.
Note From the Series Editors vi
The First Six Million Years 1
The Origins of Agriculture 33
Chiefs and Kings 76
The Elaboration of Civilization 107
Ancient Worlds 142
For Further Reading 183