The Fictioning Horror Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
  1. $18.19 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Juliet's Nurse

    Lois Leveen 9781476757445

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$120.35
List price: $130.80
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
50 Partner Warehouse Western Civilization- General

World Prehistory : Brief Introduction (8TH 11 Edition)

by

World Prehistory : Brief Introduction (8TH 11 Edition) Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

For one semester or quarter courses in World Prehistory.

 

Written by one of the leading archaeological writers in the world -— in a simple, jargon-free narrative style —- this brief, well-illustrated account of the major developments in the human past makes world prehistory uniquely accessible to complete beginners.

 

Written by Brian Fagan, World Prehistory covers the entire world, not just the Americas or Europe, and places major emphasis on both theories and the latest archaeological and multidisciplinary approaches.  His focus is on four major developments in world prehistory:  1) The origins of humanity.  2) The appearance and spread of modern humans before and during the late Ice Age- including the first settlement of the Americas.  3) The beginnings of food production.  4) The rise of the first civilizations.

About the Author

Brian Fagan is one of the leading archaeological writers in the world and an internationally recognized authority on world prehistory. He studied archaeology and anthropology at Pembroke College, Cambridge University, and then spent seven years in sub-Saharan Africa working in museums and in monument conservation and excavating early farming sites in Zambia and East Africa. He was one of the pioneers of multidisciplinary African history in the 1960s. From 1967 to 2003, he was Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he specialized in lecturing and writing about archaeology to wide audiences. He is now Emeritus.

 

Professor Fagan has written six best-selling textbooks apart from this book: Ancient Lives: An Introduction to Archaeology; In the Beginning; Archaeology: A Brief Introduction; People of the Earth; World Prehistory, all published by Prentice Hall—that are used around the world. His general books include The Rape of the Nile, a classic history of Egyptology; The Adventure of Archaeology; Time Detectives; Ancient North America; The Little Ice Age, The Long Summer, and Fish on Friday. He is General Editor of the Oxford Companion to Archaeology. In addition, he has published several scholarly monographs on African archaeology and numerous specialized articles in national and international journals. He is also an expert on multimedia teaching and has received the Society for American Archaeology’s first Public Education Award for his indefatigable efforts on behalf of archaeology and education.

 

Brian Fagan’s other interests include bicycling, sailing, kayaking, and good food. He is married and lives in Santa Barbara with his wife and daughter, four cats (who supervise his writing), and, last but not least, seven rabbits.

Table of Contents

 

PART I  Prehistory    

Chapter 1  Introducing World Prehistory    

 

PART II  The World of the First Humans    

Chapter 2  Human Origins    

Chapter 3  African Exodus    

 

PART III  The Birth of the Modern World    

Chapter 4  Diaspora    

Chapter 5  The Origins of Food Production    

Chapter 6  The Earliest Farmers    

Chapter 7  Chiefs and Chiefdoms    

 

PART IV  Early Civilizations    

Chapter 8  State-Organized Societies    

Chapter 9  Mesopotamia and the Eastern Mediterranean World    

Chapter 10  Egypt and Africa    

Chapter 11  South, Southeast, and East Asia    

Chapter 12  Lowland Mesoamerica   

Chapter 13  Highland Mesoamerica

Chapter 14  Andean Civilizations

 

 

 

Detailed Table of Contents

 

Preface

A Note on Chronologies and Measurements

About the Author

PART I  PREHISTORY    

1. Introducing World Prehistory

Prologue

“In the Beginning”

Pseudoarchaeology

Prehistory, Archaeology, and World Prehistory

Major Developments in Human Prehistory

Cyclical and Linear Time

Written Records, Oral History, and Archaeology

Studying World Prehistory

Culture

Culture History, Time and Space, and “The Myth of the Ethnographic Present” 

    Context 

    Time 

    Space 

    Analogy and the “Ethnographic Present”

SCIENCE: DATING THE PAST

Cultural Process and Past Lifeways

The Mechanisms of Culture Change

Culture as Adaptation 

    Multilinear Cultural Evolution

SITE: ANCIENT WAR CASUALTIES AT THEBES, EGYPT

SCIENCE: ANCIENT SOCIAL ORGANIZATION 

    Cultural Traditions and Cultural Change

Intangibles: Ideology and Interaction 

    Ideology and Beliefs 

    Interactions

Summary

PART II  THE WORLD OF THE FIRST HUMANS    

CHAPTER 2  Human Origins    

Prologue

The Great Ice Age (1.8 million to 15,000 years ago)

Early Primate Evolution and Adaptation 

    The Order Primates 

    “Coming Down from the Trees”

The Fossil Evidence for Human Evolution (7 million to 1.5 million years ago) 

    The Earliest Hominin?    

SCIENCE: POTASSIUM ARGON DATING 

    What Is Australopithecus?    

    Ardipithecus ramidus 

    From Ardipithecus to Australopithecus

All Kinds of Australopithecines (3 million to 2.5 million years ago) 

    Gracile Australopithecines: Australopithecus africanus 

    Robust Australopithecines: A. aethiopicus, A. boisei, and A. robustus  

    Australopithecus garhi

Early Homo: Homo habilis (2.5 million to 2 million years ago) 

    A Burst of Rapid Change?    

Who Was the First Human?

SITE: OLDUVAI GORGE, TANZANIA

The Earliest Human Toolmakers

Hunters or Scavengers?    

The Earliest Human Mind

The Development of Language

The Earliest Social Organization

Summary

CHAPTER 3  African Exodus    

Prologue

Ice Age Background

Homo ergaster in Africa (c. 1.9 million to c. 600,000 years ago)

Humans Radiate out of Africa 

    Homo erectus in Europe and Asia

The Lifeway of Homo erectus 

    Archaic Human Lifeways

SITE: SCHONINGEN, GERMANY 

    Bamboo and Choppers in Tropical Forests 

    Language

Archaic Homo sapiens (c. 600,000 to 130,000 years ago)

The Neanderthals (c. 200,000 to 30,000 years ago)

SCIENCE: DNA AND ARCHAEOLOGY

The Origins of Modern Humans (?c. 180,000 to 150,000 years ago)    

    Continuity or Replacement?     

    Molecular Biology and Homo sapiens 

    Ecology and Homo sapiens

Out of Tropical Africa

Summary

PART III  THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN WORLD   

 

CHAPTER 4  Diaspora    

Prologue    

The Late Ice Age World (50,000 to 15,000 years ago)

The Peopling of Southeast Asia and Australia (45,000 to 15,000 years ago)

SITE: EXOTIC ISLANDERS: HOMO FLORESIENSIS

SCIENCE: RADIOCARBON DATING

Late Ice Age Europe: The Cro-Magnons (c. 43,000 to 15,000 years ago) 

    Subsistence 

    Cro-Magnon Technology 

    The World’s First Art  

Hunter-Gatherers in Eurasia (45,000 to 15,000 years ago)

SITE: GROTTE DE CHAUVET, FRANCE

East Asia (35,000 to 15,000 years ago) 

    Sinodonty and Sundadonty

Early Human Settlement of Northeast Siberia (?before 25,000 to 15,000 years ago)    

The First Americans (?before 15,000 years ago to 11,000 B.C.)     

    Settlement before 30,000 Years Ago?    

SITE: MONTE VERDE, CHILE 

    Settlement after 15,000 Years Ago?    

The Clovis People (c. 11,200 to 11,000 B.C.)    

Summary

CHAPTER 5  The Origins of Food Production    

Prologue

The Holocene (after 10,000 B.C.)    

Changes in Hunter-Gatherer Societies

Social Complexity among Hunter-Gatherers

Theories of Farming Origins 

    Early Theories: Oases and Hilly Flanks

The Recovery Revolution

Multicausal Theories

SCIENCE: FLOTATION AND BOTANICAL REMAINS

SCIENCE: ACCELERATOR MASS SPECTROMETRY (AMS) RADIOCARBON DAT-ING     

    Population and Resources Theories 

    Ecological Theories

The Consequences of Food Production 

    Differing Dates and Why 

    Changes in Human Life

Nutrition and Early Food Production

Summary

CHAPTER 6  The Earliest Farmers    

Prologue

Domesticating Animals

Domesticating Wheat and Barley 

Southwest Asian Farmers (c. 10,000 to 5000 B.C.)    

SITE: MEN’S AND WOMEN’S WORK AT ABU HUREYRA, SYRIA

SITE: RITUAL BUILDINGS IN SOUTHEASTERN TURKEY

Early Egyptian and African Farmers (earlier than 7000 to 1000 B.C.)    

European Farmers (c. 6500 to 3000 B.C.)    

SITE: EASTON DOWN AND THE AVEBURY LANDSCAPE, ENGLAND

Early Agriculture in Asia (before 6000 B.C.)     

    Rice Cultivation in Southern China 

    First Farmers in Northern China

Early American Agriculture (8000 B.C. onward) 

    Mesoamerica: Guilá Naquitz and Early Cultivation 

    Maize 

    Andean Farmers

Summary

CHAPTER 7  Chiefs and Chiefdoms    

Prologue   

Reciprocity and “Big Men”

Chiefs and Navigators in the Pacific (2000 B.C. to modern times)

The American Southwest (300 B.C. to modern times) 

    Hohokam, Mogollon, and Ancestral Pueblo

SCIENCE: DENDROCHRONOLOGY (TREE-RING DATING)

Moundbuilders in Eastern North America (2000 B.C. to A.D. 1650) 

    Adena and Hopewell 

    The Mississippian Tradition

SITE: MOUNDVILLE, ALABAMA

Summary

PART IV  EARLY CIVILIZATIONS   

CHAPTER 8  State-Organized Societies   

Prologue   

What Is a State-Organized Society?   

Cities   

Theories of the Origins of States 

    The “Urban Revolution” 

    Early Ecological Models 

    Technology and Trade

SCIENCE: OBSIDIAN SOURCING 

    Warfare 

    Cultural Systems and Civilization 

    Environmental Change

Social Approaches: Power in Three Domains  

    Factionalism and Ideology

People as Agents of Change

The Collapse of Civilizations 

Summary

CHAPTER 9  Mesopotamia and the Eastern Mediterranean World    

Prologue    

Origins (5500 to 3000 B.C.)    

SITE: THE TEMPLE AT ERIDU, IRAQ  

    The First Cities: Uruk 

    Writing and Metallurgy 

Sumerian Civilization (c. 3100 to 2334 B.C.)   

VOICES: THE SUMERIANS

Akkadians and Babylonians (2334 to 1650 B.C.)    

Hittites and Sea Traders (1650 to 1200 B.C.)     

    The Hittites 

    Uluburun and Maritime Trade 

    Iron Technology

Minoans and Mycenaeans (1900 to 1200 B.C.)     

    Minoan Civilization (1900 to 1400 B.C.)     

    Mycenaean Civilization (1600 to 1200 B.C.)    

Sea Peoples and Phoenicians (1200 to 800 B.C.)    

Assyrians and Babylonians (900 to 539 B.C.)    

Summary

CHAPTER 10  Egypt and  Africa

Prologue

Predynastic Egypt: Ancient Monopoly (5000 to 3100 B.C.)    

SCIENCE: ANCIENT WINE AT ABYDOS

Dynastic Egyptian Civilization (c. 3000 to 30 B.C.)     

    Archaic Egypt and the “Great Culture” (3000 to 2575 B.C.)     

    Old Kingdom (c. 2575 to 2134 B.C.)    

SITE: THE STEP PYRAMID AT SAQQARA, EGYPT 

    Middle Kingdom (2040 to 1640 B.C.)     

    New Kingdom (1530 to 1075 B.C.)    

VOICES: THE WARRIOR AHMOSE, SON OF ABANA 

    Late Period (1070 to 30 B.C.)    

Egypt and Afrocentrism

Nubia: The Land of Kush (3000 to 633 B.C.)    

Meroe and Aksum 

    Meroe (593 B.C. to A.D. 330) 

    Aksum (A.D. 100 to 1000)

Ancient African Kingdoms 

    The Spread of Iron (c. 500 B.C. to A.D. 250) 

    The Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay (c. A.D. 800 to 1550) 

    Great Zimbabwe (A.D. 1100 to 1500)

Summary

CHAPTER 11  South, Southeast, and East Asia    

Prologue

South Asia: The Harappan Civilization (c. 2700 to 1700 B.C.)     

    Mature Harappan Civilization

South Asia after the Harappans (1700 to 180 B.C.)    

The Origins of Chinese Civilization (2600 to 1100 B.C.)     

    Royal Capitals 

    Royal Burials 

    Bronzeworking 

    Shang Warriors    

The War Lords (1100 to 221 B.C.)    

Southeast Asian Civilization (A.D. 1 to 1500)

SITE: THE BURIAL MOUND OF EMPEROR SHIHUANGDI, CHINA     

    The Angkor State (A.D. 802 to 1430)

SITE: ANGKOR WAT, CAMBODIA

Summary

CHAPTER 12  Lowland Mesoamerica   

 

Prologue

Beginnings: Preclassic Peoples in the Lowlands (2000 B.C. to A.D. 300)

The Olmec (1500 to 500 B.C.)    

SITE: MAYA PAINTINGS AT SAN BARTOLO, GUATEMALA

The Origins of Maya Civilization (before 1000 B.C. to A.D. 300) 

    San Bartolo, Nakbé, and El Mirador (c. 1000 to 300 B.C.)     

    Kingship, Glyphs, and Political Cycles 

    Maya Script 

    Political Cycles

Classic Maya Civilization (A.D. 300 to 900) 

    The Rise of Tikal and Uaxactún 

    Caracol and Calakmul 

    Palenque and Copán 

The Classic Maya Collapse

SITE: A TRAGEDY AT CERÉN, SAN SALVADOR

SCIENCE: STUDYING THE MAYA COLLAPSE AT COPÁN, HONDURAS

Postclassic Maya Civilization (A.D. 900 to 1517)

Summary

CHAPTER 13  Highland Mesoamerica   

 

Prologue 

The Rise of Highland Civilization: The Valley of Oaxaca (2000 to 500 B.C.)    

Monte Albán (500 B.C. to A.D. 750)

Valley of Mexico: Teotihuacán (200 B.C. to A.D. 750)

SITE: LIFE IN TEOTIHUACÁN’S BARRIOS

The Toltecs (A.D. 650 to 1200)

Aztec Civilization (A.D. 1200 to 1521) 

    Tenochtitlán

SITE: THE AZTEC TEMPLO MAJOR AT TENOCHTITLÁN 

    The World of the Fifth Sun

VOICES: AZTEC THOUGHTS ON HUMAN EXISTENCE 

    The Aztec State 

    The Spanish Conquest (A.D. 1517 to 1521)

Summary

CHAPTER 14  Andean Civilizations    

Prologue    

The Maritime Foundations of Andean Civilization

Coastal Foundations (2600 to 900 B.C.)    

The Early Horizon and Chavín de Huántar (900 to 200 B.C.)    

The Initial Period 

    The Coast (after 1800 B.C.)     

    Lake Titicaca Basin: Chiripa and Pukara (1000 B.C. to A.D. 100)

The Moche State (200 B.C. to A.D. 700)

SITE: THE LORDS OF SIPÁN, PERU

The Middle Horizon: Tiwanaku and Wari (A.D. 600 to 1000) 

    Tiwanaku 

    Wari

The Late Intermediate Period: Sicán and Chimu (A.D. 700 to 1460)

The Late Horizon: The Inca State (A.D. 1476 to 1534)

SITE: CUZCO, THE INCA CAPITAL

The Spanish Conquest (A.D. 1532 to 1534)

Summary

Epilogue

Glossary of Technical Terms

Glossary of Archaeological Sites and Cultural Terms

Guide to Further Reading

References in the Text

Photo Credits

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780205017911
Author:
Fagan, Brian M.
Publisher:
Pearson
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
World History-Ancient History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
MyAnthroKit Series
Publication Date:
20101130
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 7.3 x 0.7 in 567 gr

Other books you might like

  1. Cheese & the Worms Used Trade Paper $6.95

Related Subjects


Education » Writing
History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » General
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History
History and Social Science » World History » General
Textbooks » General

World Prehistory : Brief Introduction (8TH 11 Edition) New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$120.35 In Stock
Product details 432 pages Pearson Custom Publishing - English 9780205017911 Reviews:
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.