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A major new survey of the prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies of Europe, this book reviews the newest information and interpretations for scientific research. Palaeolithic studies are at an exciting point of transition. The explosion in ethno-archaeological studies has fundamentally challenged our models and interpretations amongst all classes of data and at all spatial scales of analysis. Furthermore the traditional concerns of dating and quaternary studies have also passed through their own revolutions and palaeolithic archaeology is the direct beneficiary. Dr Gamble presents in an imaginative but comprehensive framework our changing perspectives of Europe's oldest societies.
"Gamble's outstanding work offers the most comprehensive understanding of the prehistory of Europe from 500,000 to 20,000 years ago." C. C. Lamberg-Karlovsky, Choice"Gamble...gleans evidence from stone tools, hunting, and campsites to draw a picture of the scale of interaction and the forms of social life in Europe between 500,000 and 21,000 years ago." Reference &Research Book News
'This book is essentially a 'state of the art', a synthesis of work which has been done during the past four decades on European Palaeolithic history. As such, the very extensive bibliography is particularly valuable.' Kleio
Clive Gamble's overview of Palaeolithic societies, building on his The Palaeolithic Settlement of Europe (1986).
Clive Gamble's overview of Palaeolithic societies building on his The Palaeolithic Settlement of Europe (1986). Winner of the Society for American Archaeology Book Award 2000.
Palaeolithic societies have been a neglected topic in the discussion of human origins. But in the past forty years archaeologists have recovered a wealth of information from Palaeolithic sites throughout the European continent that reveal many illuminating facets of social life over this 500,000-year period. Clive Gamble, introducing a new approach to this material, interrogates the data for information on the scale of social interaction, and the forms of social existence. The result is a reconstruction of ancient human societies, and a fresh perspective on the unique experience of human beings.
How did Neanderthal societies differ from those of the first modern humans in Europe 35,000 years ago? This investigation of archaeological evidence from stone tools, hunting and campsites reveals much about the differing scale of social interaction and abilities to negotiate social worlds, and enhances our understanding of this period. Winner of the Society for American Archaeology Book Award 2000.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 440-493) and index.
Table of Contents
List of figures; List of tables; Acknowledgements; Preface; 1. Pulling aside the Palaeolithic curtain; 2. The individual, society and networks; 3. A Palaeolithic framework: locales, rhythms and regions; 4. The first European societies 500,000-300,000 years ago; 5. Neanderthal societies 300,000 to 60,000 years ago; 6. The rhythms of social life 60,000-21,000 years ago: the transition from the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic in Europe; 7. The extension of social life 60,000-21,000 years ago: regions and locales, networks and landscapes; 8. The Palaeolithic societies of Europe; Notes; Bibliography; Site index; General index.