The Atlas of World Archeology takes readers on an archeological journey around the globe, from the origins of humankind to early historical times. Written by an international team of experts in the field, the atlas combines authoritative yet lively text with a wealth of full-color maps and features. 200 illustrations. 80 maps. The Atlas of World Archaeology traces the early story of humankind in all parts of the world and demonstrates how archaeologists are constantly adding to our database of knowledge. Readers can follow the story of human evolution through different stages in history, capturing the fascinating transformations made during each time period. Among the book's many highlights are: The First Peoples, including the earliest hominids, from Homo habilis to the Neanderthals, their tools, shelter, art, and technology, and the global spread of modern humans; The Postglacial Revolutions, including the transition from the Ice Age to emerging civilization, the use of fire and such secondary technology as the wheel and the plow, and the formation of writing systems; The Rise of Civilization, including the agriculture of the Near East, the Bronze Age trade of Western Asia, the Iron Age of Southeast Asia, Predynastic Egypt, the Americas, the Maya, and the Inca Empire. Bahn (archaeologist and author) and Barry Cunliff (emeritus, U. of Oxford) present an international team of experts who trace the story of human development in all parts of the world and demonstrate how archaeologists are constantly adding to our knowledge. The first part starts with the emergence of the earliest hominids in Africa and describes their evolution and spread throughout the world before the end of the last Ice Age. The second offers global coverage of major advances achieved by humankind in the next 10,000 years. The third divides the world into five broad geographical regions to take a closer look at these advances and to examine significant changes in human development in each one.