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An integrated picture of prehistory as an active process of discovery.

World Prehistory and Archaeology: Pathways through Time, third edition, provides an integrated discussion of world prehistory and archaeological methods. This text emphasizes the relevance of how we know and what we know about our human prehistory.

A cornerstone of World Prehistory and Archaeology is the discussion of prehistory as an active process of discovery. Methodological issues are addressed throughout the text to engage readers. Archaeological methods are introduced in the first two chapters. Succeeding chapters then address the question of how we know the past to provide an integrated presentation of prehistory.

The third edition involves readers in the current state of archaeological research, revealing how archaeologists work and interpret what they find. Through the coverage of various new research, author Michael Chazan shows how archaeology is truly a global discipline.

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Gain new perspectives and insights into who we are and how our world came into being.
  • Think about humanity from the perspective of archaeology.
  • Appreciate the importance of the archaeological record for understanding contemporary society.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“I am quite impressed with the coverage of parts of the world far away from the author's own research and experience.”

- Robert Tykot, University of South Florida

“Presents a well-digested, well-illustrated narrative of the human career, emphasizing both archaeological tools and products of archaeological investigation.”

- LuAnn Wandsnider, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

“Both my students and I appreciate [Michael Chazan’s] writing style as academic yet accessible.”

- Andrew Wyatt, University of Illinois at Chicago

“The author's writing style is smooth and approachable for students accustomed to today's information-technology permeated world. To my mind, he conveys an understanding of the demands of teaching a very different breed of students that have been educated in multi-media environments. That is a huge plus.”

- Michael Danti, Boston University

“A comprehensive text for both those interested in archaeology and world prehistory. The essentials are there, without the "fluff" of other books on the subject. Great for introductory level students in the humanities and social sciences.”

- Brad Biglow , Florida State College at Jacksonville

“A very good textbook for an introductory archaeological course with an emphasis on world prehistory.”

- Brett Houk , Texas Tech University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205953103
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 2/12/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 209,644
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Chazan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Director of the Archaeology Centre at the University of Toronto. He earned his Ph.D. in anthropology at Yale University. Before coming to Toronto, Dr. Chazan was a postdoctoral fellow with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Among his field experience are excavations in New Jersey, France, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and South Africa. Dr. Chazan’s publications include a monograph on the Lower Paleolithic site of Holon, Israel, coauthored with Liora Kolska-Horwitz. Dr. Chazan is currently engaged in a project on the Earlier Stone Age of South Africa. The project pulls together an international team of researchers to study a series of spectacular sites located in the Northern Cape Province.

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Table of Contents

In this Section:
1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents


Part One: The Past Is A Foreign Country: Getting From Here To There

Chapter 1. Getting Started in Archaeology

Chapter 2. Putting the Picture Together

Part Two: Human Evolution

Chapter 3. Early Hominins

Chapter 4. From Homo erectus to Neanderthals

Chapter 5. The Origin of Modern Humans

Chapter 6. The Peopling of Australia and The New World

Part Three: Perspectives On Agriculture

Chapter 7. Towers, Villages, and Longhouses

Chapter 8. Mounds and Maize

Chapter 9. A Feast of Diversity

Part Four: The Development Of Social Complexity

Chapter 10. Complexity Without The State

Chapter 11. Cities and Pyramids: Early States Of Mesopotamia And Egypt

Chapter 12. Enigmas and Diversity: Early States In Europe And Asia

Chapter 13. From City to Empire: Social Complexity In Mesoamerica

Chapter 14. Bringing the Four Parts Together: States And Empire In The Andes

Epilogue Bringing It Back Home





Name Index

Subject Index


Part One: The Past Is A Foreign Country: Getting From Here To There

Chapter 1. Getting Started In Archaeology

1.1 Reading the Landscape

1.2 Excavation

1.3 Artifacts and Ecofacts

1.4 Biases in Preservation

1.5 Quantification and Sampling

1.6 Creating a Chronology

1.7 Comparison

1.8 Conservation and Display

Chapter 2. Putting The Picture Together

2.1 Origins of Archaeology

2.2 The Emergence of Archaeology

2.3 Developing Method and Theory

2.4 Archaeology as Science

2.5 Alternative Perspectives

2.6 Archaeology at the Trowel’s Edge

Part Two: Human Evolution

Chapter 3. Early Hominins

3.1 The Fossil Record

3.2 Setting the Scene

3.3 The Origin of Tool Use

3.4 Hunting and Sharing Food

3.5 The Expansion of the Hominin World

Chapter 4. From Homo erectus To Neanderthals

4.1 Defining the Ice Age

4.2 Before the Neanderthals

4.3 Neanderthals

4.4 Aspects of Neanderthal Culture and Adaptation

Chapter 5. The Origin Of Modern Humans

5.1 What Is a Modern Human?

5.2 Early Modern Humans in Africa

5.3 Early Modern Humans in the Middle East

5.4 The Arrival of Modern Humans in Europe and the Fate of the Neanderthals

5.5 The Upper Paleolithic

5.6 Explaining the Upper Paleolithic

Chapter 6. The Peopling Of Australia And The New World

6.1 Modern Humans in East Asia

6.2 Australia

6.3 The New World

Part Three: Perspectives On Agriculture

Chapter 7. Towers, Villages, And Longhouses

7.1 Setting the Scene

7.2 Stage 1: Kebaran and Geometric Kebaran

7.3 Stage 2: The Natufian

7.4 Stage 3: The Early Neolithic

7.5 Stage 4: Late Neolithic

7.6 Assessing the Neolithic Revolution

7.7 The Spread of Agriculture to Europe

Chapter 8. Mounds And Maize

8.1 Plant Domestication in Mesoamerica

8.2 Maize Agriculture in the

8.3 Eastern North America

Chapter 9. A Feast Of Diversity

9.1 Africa

9.2 New Guinea

9.3 The Andes

9.4 East Asia

Part Four: The Development Of Social Complexity

Chapter 10. Complexity Without The State

10.1 Stonehenge

10.2 Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon

10.3 Cahokia

10.4 Great Zimbabwe

10.5 Comparative Perspectives

Chapter 11. Cities And Pyramids: Early States Of Mesopotamia And Egypt

11.1 Mesopotamia

11.2 Egypt

11.3 Africa beyond the Nile Valley

Chapter 12. Enigmas And Diversity: Early States In Europe And Asia

12.1 The Indus Valley

12.2 China

12.3 Beyond the Chinese Boundary: Japan, Central Asia, and Cambodia

Chapter 13. From City To Empire: Social Complexity In Mesoamerica

13.1 The origins of Urbanism and Social Complexity

13.2 Teotihauc£n

13.3 The Maya

13.4 The Aztec

Chapter 14. Bringing The Four Parts Together: States And Empire In The Andes

14.1 ChavÉn de Hu£ntar

14.2 Nasca and Moche

14.3 The Inca Empire

Epilogue Bringing it Back Home





Name Index

Subject Index

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