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The Dawn of Human Culture
by Richard G. Klein
  Some fifty thousand years ago Homo sapiens, the newest branch of a long and varied tree of evolved apes, suddenly developed a remarkable range of new talents. These people–whose primitive stone culture had previously been little different from that of their ancestors–began painting. They invented music and the instruments to play it. They fashioned jewelry and clothing, created fishing poles and tackle as well as bows and arrows, constructed the oldest substantial houses, and buried their dead with ritual and ceremony. This creative explosion, occurring over such a remarkably short period, has been called the "big bang" of human culture.
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People of the Earth: An Introduction to World Prehistory with CD (10th Edition)

by Brian M. Fagan
  This comprehensive book tells a narrative story of human prehistory to a reader with little or no archaeological experience or background. Designed to show how today's diverse humanity developed biologically and culturally over millions of years and against a background of constant climatic change, it treats all areas of the world evenly, and covers all periods of prehistory from human origins to the appearance of literate civilizations.
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Books on Prehistory

What is prehistory? Literally, the word means 'before history' - covering a period of time for which written records do not occur. But this simple definition becomes much more complex and ambiguous on closer examination. When most people believed in the literal truth of the Old Testament there was NO prehistory. However, as scientific evidence began to accumulate in the form of fossils and artefacts it became clear that there was a long story of human development that had never been recorded in words. And in more recent periods, there were societies that had been recorded but those records had been lost or destroyed. As a result, prehistory has been used as a label for pre-Columbian in North America, pre-Roman in Britain and pushed back several hundred years further for Greece, Egypt and the Middle East.

After The Ice: A Global Human History

Steven Mithen
  Drawing on the latest cutting-edge research in archaeology, human genetics and the environmental sciences, Steven Mithen takes the reader on a sweeping global tour, bringing this world vividly back to life. Part history, part science and part time travel, After the Ice is breathtaking in its scope - an evocative, original, gripping yet intimate picture of minds, diverse cultures, lives and landscapes through 15,000 years that laid the foundations of the modern world.
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Prehistoric Art: The Symbolic Journey of Humankind

by Randall White
  In Prehistoric Art, anthropologist Randall White presents a global survey, starting with the first explosion of imagery that occurred approximately 40,000 years ago but also including the creations of essentially "prehistoric" peoples living as recently as the early 20th century. Drawing on the most up-to-the-minute research, White places these discoveries in context and discusses possible uses and meanings for the objects and images, opening a fascinating new window onto the history of creative expression.
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The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art

by David Lewis-Williams
  Since its discovery, cave art has provoked great curiosity about why it appeared when and where it did, how it was made, and what it meant to the communities that created it. In the most convincing explanation for Upper Palaeolithic art yet proposed, David Lewis-Williams describes how nineteenth-century beliefs that the drawings were "art for art's sake," or totemism, were supplanted in the wake of Darwinian evolutionary theory. The earliest human beings had a more advanced neurological makeup than their Neanderthal neighbors, allowing individuals to induce altered states of consciousness during which they experienced vivid mental imagery. It became important for people to "fix," or paint, these images onto cave walls, which they perceived as the membrane between their world and the spirit world from which the visions came. Over time, new social distinctions developed as individuals exploited their hallucinations for personal advancement, and the first truly modern society emerged.
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The Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany

by Aubrey Burl
  The spectacular stone circles of western Europe, some nearly 6000 years old, have intrigued viewers through the ages. This beautiful book about these megalithic rings explores their ancestry, methods of construction, and eventual desertion. A substantially revised version of Aubrey Burl's highly praised book The Stone Circles of the British Isles, it offers new insights into the purpose of stone circles. It also provides a new interpretation of Stonehenge and of Callanish in Scotland, the first overview of the cromlechs in Brittany, a discussion of the problems of archaeo-astronomy as related to stone circles, and includes a greatly expanded Gazetteer, and an up-to-date list of radiocarbon dates and recent excavations.
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Stonehenge

by Julian Richards
  A new, revised, and illustrated edition of the comprehensive account of one of the world's most important prehistoric monuments: Stonehenge. Archeologist Julian Richards surveys the surviving structure and its landscape; describes the economy of Stonehenge's builders; and includes the latest research into its physical, cultural and spiritual significance. There's a look at previous enquiries and the evidence for their beliefs, an examination of Stonehenge's precursors, and fascinating information that allows us at last to get glimpses of what the people who created and used Stonehenge might have been like.
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Prehistoric Wales

by Frances Lynch, Jeffrey L. Davies, Stephen Aldhouse-Green
  A title which aims to give the reader a modern and authoritative summary of research interpretations on prehistoric monuments, sites and artefacts. This book should be of interest to anyone who has a serious interest in Welsh history and in early settlement and society in the British Isles.
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Patterns in Prehistory: Humankind's First Three Million Years

by Robert J. Wenke
  Patterns of Prehistory is a comprehensive survey of world prehistory, from the origins of early hominids several million years ago to the evolution of the first great states and civilizations, focusing on the problem of formulating scientific explanations of the great cultural transformations of the past. In this fourth edition, Wenke has completely updated the text to incorporate recent archaeological discoveries and to address the insights and limitations of the new wave of "post-processual" or "cognitive" archaeology.
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Neolithic Britain And Ireland

by Caroline Malone
  Aimed at a student readership, this book provides an account of the period 4000-2000 bc in Britain. The Neolithic is seen as a period of economic and technical transformation on the threshold of emerging social complexity. There are individual sections on pottery and lithics, settlement forms, long barrows and megalithic structures, C14 dates and on the classic landscapes and sites renowned for Neolithic monuments.
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