Palaeolithic societies have been a neglected topic in the discussion of human origins. But in the past forty years archaeologists have recovered a wealth of information from Palaeolithic sites throughout the European continent that reveal many illuminating facets of social life over this 500,000-year period. Clive Gamble, introducing a new approach to this material, interrogates the data for information on the scale of social interaction, and the forms of social existence. The result is a reconstruction of ancient human societies, and a fresh perspective on the unique experience of human beings.
'This book is essentially a 'state of the art', a synthesis of work which has been done during the past four decades on European Palaeolithic history. As such, the very extensive bibliography is particularly valuable.' Kleio
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Table of Contents
List of figures; List of tables; Acknowledgements; Preface; 1. Pulling aside the Palaeolithic curtain; 2. The individual, society and networks; 3. A Palaeolithic framework: locales, rhythms and regions; 4. The first European societies 500,000–300,000 years ago; 5. Neanderthal societies 300,000 to 60,000 years ago; 6. The rhythms of social life 60,000–21,000 years ago: the transition from the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic in Europe; 7. The extension of social life 60,000–21,000 years ago: regions and locales, networks and landscapes; 8. The Palaeolithic societies of Europe; Notes; Bibliography; Site index; General index.