Primitive Technology: A Book of Earth Skills

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Have You Ever Longed To Return To A Past Where Humanity's Greatest Concern Was Survival, When Our Hands Created Life's Necessities, When The Land's Raw Provisions Were The Materials With Which We Created Warmth, Shelter, Food, and Tools--A Time Before We Lost Our Bond With The Wilderness? Primitive Technology Helps Build A Bridge Between The Ancient Past and Our Modern Lives, Putting Us In Touch Again With Nature and Ourselves. This Volume--A Selection of Articles Within The Bulletin of Primitive ...
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Overview

Have You Ever Longed To Return To A Past Where Humanity's Greatest Concern Was Survival, When Our Hands Created Life's Necessities, When The Land's Raw Provisions Were The Materials With Which We Created Warmth, Shelter, Food, and Tools--A Time Before We Lost Our Bond With The Wilderness? Primitive Technology Helps Build A Bridge Between The Ancient Past and Our Modern Lives, Putting Us In Touch Again With Nature and Ourselves. This Volume--A Selection of Articles Within The Bulletin of Primitive Technology--Portrays The History, Philosophise, and Personal Journeys of Authorities On Primitive Technology, Imparting Skills That Built The Success of Mankind. From Views On Primitive Technology and "New" Archaeology To Making Fire and Tools of Bone, This Book Is Informative and Enlightening
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Presents skills for producing objects from natural materials using methods similar to those of prehistoric cultures. Contains instructions for the construction of shelters, tools, weapons, ropes, and baskets from such basic materials as bone, stone, wood, and plant fibers. The text is accompanied by clear drawings and many photographs. The book's material is largely taken from the pages of , of which the author is the managing editor. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879059118
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/26/2001
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 377,574
  • Product dimensions: 8.18 (w) x 10.87 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

David Wescott is author of Camping in the Old Style and editor of Primitive Technology: A Book of Earth Skills. Formerly education director for the Boulder Outdoor School, he has been a leading figure in wilderness education for more than thirty years. He lives with his wife in Rexburg, Idaho.

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Experimental archeology may be defined as "that branch of archeology which seeks to interpret culture, technology, or lifeways of the past by means of structured, scientific experimentation: (Callahan ms:87). Reconstructive archeology, closely akin to experimental archeology, involves "interpretation of material culture and technology by means of physical reconstruction, using either experiential (Level II) or experimental (Level III) means" (ibid.). Only the latter may be termed "experimental archeology. Level I projects, although attempts at reconstruction, may not lay claim to the term "reconstructive archeology."
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Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword

Section 1--Primitive Technology

Section 2--Fire--Where We Begin

Section 3--Bone, Stone & Wood--Basic Elements

Section 4--Fibers--Holding The World Together

Section 5--Projectiles--Power From The Human Hand

Section 6--Art & Music--Discipline and Meaning

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