This comprehensive book tells a narrative story of human prehistory to a reader with little or no archaeological experience or background. Designed to show how today's diverse humanity developed biologically and culturally over millions of years and against a background of constant climatic change, it treats all areas of the world evenly, and covers all periods of prehistory from human origins to the appearance of literate civilizations. Recent discoveries, new archaeological methodologies, and the latest theories of human biological and cultural evolution add to the excitement of this adventure in archaeology. The tale begins with human origins and ends with the Spanish Conquest of Mexico and Peru in the fifteenth century A.D. It spans the origins of food production and the development of civilizationnot only in classic areas of archaeological research like Europe, southwestern Asia, and Mesoamericabut in such lesser known regions as southeast Asia, Africa, and the Pacific. For individuals who recognize the importance of knowing the past to understand the futureand our world today.
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Table of Contents
I. BEGINNINGS (6 MILLION TO 40,000 YEARS AGO).2. Human Origins: The Emergence of Early Human Ancestors.
3. Homo erectus and Homo sapiens (1.9 Million to 40,000 Years Ago).
II. THE GREAT DIASPORA: THE SPREAD OF MODERN HUMANS (45,000 YEARS AGO TO MODERN TIMES).4. Europe and Eurasia (C. 40,000 to 8000B.C.).
5. The First Americans (? 14,000 B.C. to Modern Times).
6. Africans and Australians (45,000 Years Ago to Modern Times).
7. Intensification and Complexity (Before 10,000 B.C. to Modern Times).
III. FIRST FARMERS (C. 10,000 B.C. TO MODERN TIMES).8. A Plenteous Harvest: The Origins.
9. The Origins of Food Production in Southwest Asia.
10. The First European Farmers.
11. First Farmers in Egypt and Tropical Africa.
12. Asia and the Pacific: Rice, Roots, and Ocean Voyages.
13. The Story of Maize: Early Farmers in the Americas.
IV. OLD WORLD CIVILIZATIONS (C. 3000 B.C. TO MODERN TIMES).14. The Development of Civilization.
15. Early Civilizations in Southwest Asia.
16. Egypt, Nubia, and Africa.
17. Early States in South and Southeast Asia.
18. Early Chinese Civilization.
19. Hittites, Minoans, and Mycenaeans.
20. Europe before the Romans.
V. NATIVE AMERICAN CIVILIZATIONS (2000 B.C. TO A.D. 1534).21. Mesoamerican Civilizations.
22. Andean States.
Glossary of sites and Cultures.
Bibliography of World Prehistory.