Architecture of First Societies A Global Perspective

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-10-28
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Starting with the dawn of human society, through early civilizations, to the pre-Columbian American tribes, Architecture of First Societies: A Global Perspective traces the different cultural formations that developed in various places throughout the world to form the built environment. Looking through the lens of both time and geography, the history of early architecture is brought to life with full-color photographs, maps, and drawings. Drawing on the latest research in archaeological and anthropological knowledge, this landmark book also looks at how indigenous societies build today in order to help inform the past.

Author Biography

MARK JARZOMBEK is Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning and Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture at MIT. He is the author of several books, and coauthor with Francis D.K. Ching and Vikramaditya Prakash of A Global History of Architecture, Second Edition.

Table of Contents



Part One: Foundations

Chapter 1: the South African Cultural Emergence

Chapter 2: Late Pleistocene - Early Holocene

Chapter 3: Savanna- and Forest Peoples Today

Chapter 4: the Great Northern Continuum: Part 1

Chapter 5: the Great Northern Continuum: Part 2

Chapter 6: the Mound and Plaza Societies of the Americas

Part Two: Plants, Animals and Rituals

Chapter 7: Introduction: Village Worlds

Chapter 8: Agro-Pastoral Transitions

Chapter 9:  Expansion into Europe

Chapter 10: Cattle-Tending Societies

Chapter 11: Emergence of Central and South American Agriculture Societies

Part Three: Global Expansions

Chapter 12: Africa and Eurasia Transformed

Chapter 13: the World of Portable Architecture

Chapter 14: East Asian Rice Continuum

Chapter 15: African Transformations

Chapter 16: the Arrival of Agro-Centrism in the North America Coda

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