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The Human Past: World Prehistory and the Development of Human Societies

A very readable, although also very expensive, overview of all of human history from an archaeological perspective. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Still, it can be a bit daunting at first glance. Tables and maps are simplified and easier to use. It presumes you have a degree in Geography as it skims over many places without decent maps. Martha rated it liked it Feb 14, It provides an introductory account that takes the student through the human past using a regional and chronological framework, focusing as much on the archaeology of the everyday as on the spectacular and unusual.

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The text has been streamlined and the book’s design completely revamped: The paperback is heavy and unwieldy with the glossy pages catching the light and making it hard to read in anything but daylight. Sep 16, Austin09jj rated it it was ok.


Jun 25, Mel rated it it was amazing. Want to Read saving…. The Best Books of Sometimes course books fail to give you enough information whereas other times you are given an information overload. Carly rated it it was ok Dec 27, Usfromdk rated it it was amazing Apr 22, Description The Human Past has established itself as the most thorough and authoritative introductory survey of human prehistory and the development of civilizations around the globe, huma by colleges and universities worldwide.

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The Human Past : World Prehistory and the Development of Human Societies

Looking for beautiful books? It is full of spelling errors so I am surprised that an English uni chose it as a core text. Sofie Strand rated it liked it May 29, Jun 04, Janaki is currently reading it. This book falls into the latter category. With a clear and logical framework, and written by an international team of 24 acknowledged experts, this unique textbook provides a comprehensive overview of world prehistory through a series of chapters focusing on individual regions and time periods that presents the vast panorama of human social, cultural and economic development over the past three million years.

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Louwe Kooijmans, Leiden University ‘Brings alive world archaeology in an exciting, accessible and informative way that makes it by far the best introduction available.

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Review quote ‘The perfect textbook Matilda rated it really liked it Feb 20, Anna rated it it was amazing Apr 23, Alyssa Hartley rated it liked it Jun 20, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Fab book, shame about the course I had to use it for Table of contents Introduction: A magnificent achievement’ – Leendert P. The Best Books of This edition has been radically updated to be more thematic and accessible: To ask other readers questions about The Human Pastplease sign up.

It was a long read for me and I did had to get some help of a good friend for understanding.