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Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

Chris Gosden

Second edition

Published in print June 2018 | ISBN: 9780198803515
Published online June 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191841705 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780198803515.001.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

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Prehistory covers the period of some four million years before the start of written history, when our earliest ancestors, the Australopithecines, existed in Africa. Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction invites us to think about who we are by considering who we have been. There have been many archaeological discoveries over the last ten years, with a new framework for prehistory emerging. Greater understanding of Chinese and central Asian prehistory shows Eurasian prehistory in a different light, changing the traditional view of human progress around the invention of agriculture and development of cities. This VSI explores the new landscape of our prehistory, considering the way the different geographical locations weave together.

Keywords: agriculture; Australopithecus; Clovis Culture; Charles Darwin; Holocene; prehistory

Book.  152 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology ; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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Rethinking prehistory in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

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The history of prehistory in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

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In the beginning—African origins and global movements in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

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The long-term history of Europe and Asia in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

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New worlds—the Americas, Australia, and the Pacific in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

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