Prehistory: The Making of the Human Mind

Prehistory: The Making of the Human Mind

by Colin Renfrew
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0812976614

ISBN-13: 2900812976617

Pub. Date: 08/11/2009

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

In Prehistory, the award-winning archaeologist and renowned scholar Colin Renfrew covers human existence before the advent of written records–the overwhelming majority of our time here on earth–and gives an incisive, concise, and lively survey of the past, and of how scholars and scientists labor to bring it to light.

Renfrew begins by looking

Overview

In Prehistory, the award-winning archaeologist and renowned scholar Colin Renfrew covers human existence before the advent of written records–the overwhelming majority of our time here on earth–and gives an incisive, concise, and lively survey of the past, and of how scholars and scientists labor to bring it to light.

Renfrew begins by looking at prehistory as a discipline, detailing how breakthroughs such as radiocarbon dating and DNA analysis have helped us to define humankind’s past–how things have changed–much more clearly than was possible just a half century ago. As for why things have changed, Renfrew pinpoints some of the issues and challenges, past and present, that confront the study of prehistory and its investigators. Renfrew then offers a summary of human prehistory from early hominids to the rise of literate civilization that is refreshingly free of conventional wisdom and grand “unified” theories.

In this invaluable account, Colin Renfrew delivers a meticulously researched and passionately argued chronicle about our life on earth–and our ongoing quest to understand it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900812976617
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/11/2009
Series:
Modern Library Chronicles Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240

Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
The Discovery of Prehistory     1
The Idea of Prehistory     3
Mapping the Human Past: Prehistory Before 1940     12
Dating: The Radiocarbon Revolution     35
The Possibility of World Prehistory     45
The Prehistory of Mind     65
The Sapient Paradox     67
Toward a Prehistory of Mind     86
Constructing the Community     114
Worldly Goods     135
Appropriating the Cosmos     153
From Prehistory to History     172
Prospect: The Future of Prehistory     186
Figures: Chronology of Human Development     190
Further Reading     193
Notes     195
Bibliography     201
Index     205

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