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Continental fusion—connections across Europe, Asia, and Africa

Chris Gosden.

in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

June 2018; p ublished online June 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 6681 words.

We think of globalization as a new process, but long-distance connections are basic to being human. ‘Continental fusion—connections across Europe, Asia, and Africa’ sketches regional...

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Continental prehistories

Chris Gosden.

in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

June 2003; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 9443 words.

‘Continental prehistories’ explores the possibility that mankind's prehistories may differ depending on location, and charts the development of individualized cultures following the...

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Final thoughts

Chris Gosden.

in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

June 2018; p ublished online June 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 4894 words.

Rethinking our deep past is underway. An older scheme emphasizing progress has been challenged by both empirical evidence and new thoughts on what it means to be human. Prehistory as...

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The history of prehistory

Chris Gosden.

in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

June 2018; p ublished online June 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 5224 words.

‘The history of prehistory’ explains how the idea of prehistory arose gradually between the 16th and early 19th centuries in Europe and America, growing large and influential through...

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Human skills and experiences

Chris Gosden.

in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

June 2003; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 5085 words.

‘Human skills and experiences’ considers the nature of intelligence, together with the evidence and theories behind the origins of humanity and the difficulties of investigating early human...

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In the beginning—African origins and global movements

Chris Gosden.

in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

June 2018; p ublished online June 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 4913 words.

‘In the beginning—African origins and global movements’ outlines the history of human ancestors, who split off from the other great apes in the late Miocene (c.7 mya (million years ago))....

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The long-term history of Europe and Asia

Chris Gosden.

in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

June 2018; p ublished online June 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 6690 words.

‘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...

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The nature of human social life

Chris Gosden.

in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

June 2003; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 9788 words.

‘The nature of human social life’ investigates the characteristics of early human social structures and the varying forms and definitions of intelligence, through evidence found at a series...

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New worlds—the Americas, Australia, and the Pacific

Chris Gosden.

in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

June 2018; p ublished online June 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 5820 words.

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...

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Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

Chris Gosden.

June 2018; p ublished online June 2018 .

Book. Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 152 pages.

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...

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Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

Chris Gosden.

June 2003; p ublished online September 2013 .

Book. Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 152 pages.

Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction examines how we became who we are today by investigating four and a half million years of human existence, investigating topics such as...

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The prehistory of the future

Chris Gosden.

in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

June 2003; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 1930 words.

‘The prehistory of the future’ explores the concept of prehistory as the entirety of non-verbal human experience, and discusses the modern change in traditional identities and disciplines...

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The problems of prehistory

Chris Gosden.

in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

June 2003; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 3768 words.

‘The problems of prehistory’ charts the emergence of prehistory as a popular concept, and the issues of identity, race and class that accompanied it. The idea of prehistory emerged...

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Rethinking prehistory

Chris Gosden.

in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

June 2018; p ublished online June 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 1752 words.

A profound consideration is underway of the nature of long-term human history. The major turning points identified—the invention of farming, growth of cities, and technological change—were...

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What and when is prehistory?

Chris Gosden.

in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

June 2003; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology; Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE). 5225 words.

A dig site in Boxgrove, near Chichester, provides a wealth of knowledge from which archaeologists can build a picture of hominid activities half a million years ago. This case study can be...

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