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The long-term history of Europe and Asia

Chris Gosden

in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

Second edition

Published in print June 2018 | ISBN: 9780198803515
Published online June 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191841705 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780198803515.003.0004

Series: Very Short Introductions

The long-term history of Europe and Asia

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‘The long-term history of Europe and Asia’ explains how the fluctuating climatic systems between cold and warm periods provided the context in which the global expansion of our ancestors occurred. It discusses the mammoth steppe ecosystem, the relationships between plants and animals, and the introduction of tool use, language, and farming systems across Europe and east Asia. The last great global warming—shifting vegetation zones, the territories of animals, and sea levels—was one of the most challenging periods in planetary history since the evolution of Homo sapiens. Yet from this period came a mass of novel technologies, skills, and relationships that provided the basis for life.

Keywords: agriculture; Homo floresiensis; Homo neanderthalensis; Kathleen Kenyon; language; pottery

Chapter.  6690 words.  Illustrated.

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

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