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An authoritative, eye-opening look at Stone Age civilizations that explodes traditional portrayals of prehistory andlt;BRandgt; The rise of historical civilization 5,000 years ago is often depicted as if those societies were somehow created out of nothing. However, recent discoveries of astonishing accomplishments from the Neolithic Age — in art, technology, writing, math, science, religion, medicine and exploration — demand a fundamental rethinking of humanity before the dawn of written history. andlt;BRandgt; In this fascinating book, Richard Rudgley describes how andlt;BRandgt; * The intrepid explorers of the Stone Age discovered all of the world's major land masses long before the so-called Age of Discoveryandlt;BRandgt; * Stone Age man performed medical operations, including amputations and delicate cranial surgeriesandlt;BRandgt; * Paleolithic cave artists of Western Europe used techniques that were forgotten until the Renaissanceandlt;BRandgt; * Prehistoric life expectancy was better than it is for contemporary third-world populations andlt;BRandgt; Rudgley reminds us just how savage so-called civilized people can be, and demonstrates how the cultures that have been reviled as savage were truly civilized. andlt;Iandgt;The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Ageandlt;/Iandgt; shows the great debt that contemporary society owes to its prehistoric predecessors. It is a rich introduction to a lost world that will redefine the meaning of civilization itself.

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;Richard Rudgleyandlt;/Bandgt; is an Oxford-trained scholar of Stone Age art, religion and technology. He is also the author of andlt;Iandgt;Essential Substances: A Cultural History of Intoxicants in Societyandlt;/Iandgt; (for which he won the British Museum Prometheus Award) and andlt;Iandgt;The Encyclopaedia of Psychoactive Substancesandlt;/Iandgt; and the editor of andlt;Iandgt;Wildest Dreams: An Anthology of Drug-Related Literature.andlt;/Iandgt; He lives with his wife and two children in Notting Hill, London.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

  1. The Stone Age

  2. The Mother Tongue

  3. A New Rosetta Stone

  4. The Signs of Old Europe: Writing or Pre-Writing?

  5. The Paleolithic Origins of Writing

  6. Paleoscience

  7. From Footprints to Fingerprints

  8. Under the Knife

  9. Stone Age Surgery

  10. Pyrotechnology

  11. Back to the Grindstone

  12. The Stone Age Mining Industry

  13. Ochre: Blood of the Earth

  14. Venus Figurines: Sex Objects or Symbols?

  15. The Song of the Stalactites

  16. The First Fossil Hunters

  17. The Four Bones of Bilzingsleben

  18. Graven Images from the Holy Land

  19. Dawn Stones or False Dawn?

Afterword

Bibliography

List of Plates

List of Figures

Picture Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684862705
Author:
Rudgley, Richard
Publisher:
Free Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Culture
Subject:
Prehistoric peoples
Subject:
Stone age
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Civilization -- History.
Subject:
Culture -- Origin.
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
97-430
Publication Date:
January 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pg bandamp;w insert
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 17.29 oz

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