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The Cambridge world prehistory

Author: Colin Renfrew; Paul G Bahn
Publisher: New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, [2014]
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"The Cambridge World Prehistory provides a systematic and authoritative examination of the prehistory of every region around the world from the early days of human origins in Africa 2 million years ago to the beginnings of written history, which in some areas started only two centuries ago. Written by a team of leading international scholars, the volumes include both traditional topics and cutting-edge approaches,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Encyclopedias
Encyclopédies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Colin Renfrew; Paul G Bahn
ISBN: 9780521119931 0521119936 9781107023772 1107023777 9781107023789 1107023785 9781107023796 1107023793
OCLC Number: 779777875
Awards: Winner of Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2015
Description: 3 volumes (xiv, 2049 pages) : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Contents: Volume 1. Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and the Pacific --
volume 2. East Asia and the Americas --
volume 3. Western and Central Asia ; Europe and the Mediterranean. Volume 1. Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. Part I. Introduction. 1. Introduction ; 2. Introduction: DNA ; 3. Introduction: Languages; --
Part II. Africa. 4. Early hominins ; 5. Earliest industries of Africa ; 6. Human revolution ; 7. Genus Homo in Africa ; 8. Becoming human: archaeology of the Sub-Saharan Middle Stone Age ; 9. Later Stone Age of Southern Africa ; 10. Prehistory in North Africa after the Middle Palaeolithic ; 11. Holocene prehistory of West Africa ; 12. Archaeology of the Central African rainforest: its current state ; 13. Later prehistory of Southern Africa from the early to the late Iron Age ; 14. Prehistory of East Africa ; 15. Neolithic and predynastic Egypt ; 16. Emergence of the Egyptian state ; 17. Pharaonic history ; 18. Summary of classical and post-classical Africa ; 19. Africa: Languages --
Part III. South and Southeast Asia. 20. Palaeolithic of South Asia ; 21. Early Palaeolithic of Southeast Asia ; 22. South and Southeast Asia: DNA ; 23. Upper Palaeolithic of South and Southeast Asia ; 24. Post-Pleistocene South Asia: Food production in India and Sri Lanka ; 25. The Indus civilisation ; 26. India beyond the Indus civilisation ; 27. Historic India ; 28. Early food production in Southeast Asia ; 29. Complex society in prehistoric mainland Southeast Asia ; 30. Summary of historic mainland Southeast Asia ; 31. Prehistory of the Indonesian archipelago ; 32. Philippines ; 33. South and Island Southeast Asia: Languages --
Part IV. The Pacific. 34. Pacific: DNA ; 35. Sahul and Near Oceania in the Pleistocene ; 36. New Guinea during the Holocene ; 37. Later prehistory of Australia ; 38. Micronesia ; 39. Melanesia ; 40. Polynesia ; 41. New Zealand ; 42. Pacific: Languages. Volume 2. East Asia and the Americas. Part V. East Asia. 1. East Asia: DNA ; 2. Early Palaeolithic of Central and Northern Asia ; 3. Upper Palaeolithic of Northeast Asia ; 4. Early sedentism in East Asia: from late Palaeolithic to early agricultural societies in insular East Asia ; 5. Neolithic of Northern and Central China ; 6. Neolithic of Southern China ; 7. Early complex societies in Northern China ; 8. Early complex societies in Southern China ; 9. China from Zhou to Tang ; 10. Complex society in Korea and Japan ; 11. Later prehistory of the Russian Far East ; 12. East Asia: Languages; --
Part VI. The Americas. 13. Americas: DNA ; 14. Initial peopling of the Americas: context, findings, and issues ; 15. Paleoindian and Archaic periods in North America ; 16. Paleoindian and Archaic of Central and South America ; 17. Archaic and formative periods of Mesoamerica ; 18. Agricultural origins and social implications in South America ; 19. Basin of Mexico ; 20. Olmec, 1800-400 BCE ; 21. Oaxaca ; 22. Origins and development of lowland Maya civilisation ; 23. Early coastal South America ; 24. Development of early Peruvian civilisation (2600-300 BCE) ; 25. Styles and identities in the Central Andes: the early Intermediate Period and Middle Horizon ; 26. Late Intermediate Period and Late Horizon ; 27. Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela ; 28. Prehistory of Amazonia ; 29. Argentina and Chile ; 30. Caribbean islands ; 31. Southwestern region of North America ; 32. Pacific Coast of North America ; 33 Great Plains and Mississippia Valley ; 34. Eastern Atlantic coast ; 35. Northern North America ; 36. Americas: Languages. Volume 3. Part VII. Western and Central Asia. 1. Early prehistory of Western and Central Asia ; 2. Western and Central Asia: DNA ; 3. Upper Palaeolithic and earlier Epi-Palaeolithic of Western Asia ; 4. Origins of sedentism and agriculture in Western Asia; 5. Levant in the pottery Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods; 6. Settlement and emergent complexity in Western Syria, c. 7000-2500 BCE ; 7. Prehistory and the rise of cities in Mesopotamia and Iran ; 8. Mesopotamia ; 9. Anatolia: from the pre-pottery Neolithic to the end of the early Bronze Age (10,500-2000 BCE) ; 10. Anatolia 2000 to 550 BCE ; 11. The prehistory of the Caucasus: internal developments and external interactions ; 12. Arabia ; 13. Central Asia before the Silk Road ; 14. Southern Siberia during the Bronze and early Iron periods; 15. Western Asia after Alexander ; 16. Western and Central Asia: Languages --
Part VIII. Europe and the Mediterranean. 17. Early Palaeolithic Europe ; 18. Europe and the Mediterranean: DNA ; 19. Upper Palaeolithic ; 20. Upper Palaeolithic imagery ; 21. Early food production in Southeastern Europe ; 22. Early food production in Southwestern Europe ; 23. Hunters, fishers and farmers of Northern Europe, 9000-3000 BCE ; 24. The Aegean ; 25. Post-Neolithic Western Europe ; 26. Later prehistory of Central and Northern Europe ; 27. Post-Neolithic of Eastern Europe ; 28. Classical World ; 29. Europe and the Mediterranean: Languages.
Responsibility: edited by Colin Renfrew, the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Paul G. Bahn, Independent scholar.

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