The Cambridge World Prehistory

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-06-30
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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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 two 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, such as archaeolinguistics and molecular genetics, and examine the essential questions of human development around the world. The volumes are organized geographically, exploring the evolution of hominins and their expansion from Africa, as well as the formation of states and development in each region of different technologies such as seafaring, metallurgy, and food production. The Cambridge World Prehistory reveals a rich and complex history of the world. It will be an invaluable resource for any student or scholar of archaeology and related disciplines looking to research a particular topic, tradition, region, or period within prehistory.

Table of Contents

Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and the Pacific:
History of world prehistory
Climatic change
Traditional themes
Early hominins
Earliest industries
The human revolution
Homo fossils
Middle Stone Age of Subsaharan Africa
Late Stone Age of Southern Africa
North Africa
West Africa
Central Africa
Southern Africa
East Africa and Madagascar and the Emergence of Northeast African states
Neolithic and Predynastic Egypt
Emergence of the Egyptian state
Summary of dynastic Egypt
Summary of Classical and post-Classical Africa
South and Southeast Asia:
Palaeolithic of South Asia
Pre-Upper Palaeolithic Southeast Asia, including Flores
Upper Palaeolithic of Southeast Asia
Food production in India and Sri Lanka
Summary of historic India and Sri Lanka
Food production in Southeast Asia
Complex society of Southeast Asia
Summary of Khmer
The Philippines
The Pacific:
Palaeolithic of Australia, New Guinea, and Bismarcks
Later prehistory of New Guinea
Later prehistory of Australia
Polynesia, including Hawaii and Easter Island
New Zealand
Languages. Volume
East Asia and the Americas:
East Asia:
Pre-Upper Palaeolithic
Upper Palaeolithic
Early sedentism of the Pacific coast and early Jomon
Neolithic of Northern and Central China
Neolithic of Southern China, including Tibet
Early complex societies in the Yellow River and Northern China
Early complex societies in Southern China, including Tibet
Summary of ancient China
Complex society in Japan and Korea
Later prehistory of Eastern Siberia
The Americas:
The first Americans
Paleoindian and Archaic of North America
Paleoindian and Archaic of Central and South America
Domestication and Formative of Mesoamerica
Domestication and Formative of South America
Valley of Mexico
Olmecs and Gulf Coast
Early coastal South Pacific
Early Horizon
Early Intermediate and Middle Horizon
Late Horizon
Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela
Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Patagonia
Caribbean islands and neighbouring South American coast
The South-West
The North Pacific coast
Plains and Mississippian
The Atlantic coast from Florida to New England
Northern North America
Languages. Volume 3
Western and Central Asia:
Pre-Upper Palaeolithic
Upper Palaeolithic
Origins of sedentism and agriculture
The Levant and Cyprus
Western Syria
Mesopotamia and Iran, the first cities
Summary of Akkad onwards
Anatolia up to 2000 BC
Anatolia after 2000 BC
The Caucasus, including Georgia and Armenia
Central Asia before the Silk Road
Southern Siberia
Summary of the post-Classical and Islam
Europe and the Mediterranean:
The Pre-Upper Palaeolithic
Upper Palaeolithic
Upper Palaeolithic imagery
Post-Pleistocene and early food production in Southern Europe
Post-Pleistocene and early food production in Southern Europe
Post-Pleistocene and early food production in Northern Europe
The Aegean
Post-Neolithic of Western Europe
Post-Neolithic of Central and Northern Europe, including the Scandinavian Bronze Age
Post-Neolithic of Eastern Europe
Summary of the Classical World
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