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New worlds—the Americas, Australia, and the Pacific

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/9780198803515.003.0006

Series: Very Short Introductions

New worlds—the Americas, Australia, and the Pacific

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Much of life globally was organized around understanding and living with the spirits of the earth and heavens. ‘New worlds—the Americas, Australia, and the Pacific’ explains that cosmological relations form the thread linking the complex forms of evidence from these continents which cover a large part of the earth’s surface and of global prehistory. Settlement was never a passive process of accepting what was found in a place, but of active engagement with new possibilities and constraints. Debate and inventiveness, including a great range of symbiotic relationships, are central to human success in both moving and creating sustainable lifestyles in novel places: some continental landmasses, others tiny islands.

Keywords: agriculture; Clovis Culture; Easter Island; Monte Verde; Pedra Furada, Brazil; Poverty Point; George Augustus Robinson; rock art

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

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