Continental prehistories

Chris Gosden

in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780192803436
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191775789 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

Continental prehistories

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‘Continental prehistories’ explores the possibility that mankind's prehistories may differ depending on location, and charts the development of individualized cultures following the expansion of early humans from Africa to Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. The growth of culture among early humans, one of prehistory's greatest areas of interest, is closely linked with the development of commensalism — a process of living together in mutual support and dependency. The gradual growth of these mutual links between people, animals, and materials leads to the creation of structures of community and cultural intricacies.

Keywords: agriculture; death; language; magic; pottery; Syria; textile

Chapter.  9443 words.  Illustrated.

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

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