After the Ice has ratings and 82 reviews. by Jared Diamond The Horse, the Wheel, and Language by David W. Anthony After the Ice by Steven Mithen. A er the Ice: A Global Human History 20,, BC Mithen states that human history began somewhere between After this foundation was established. After the Ice by Steven Mithen, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
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What Mithen does, is to take the reader on an odyssey through different parts of the world — the Middle East, Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa to show the similarities and the differences of the people who first lived there.
After the Ice: A Global Human History, 20, BC by Steven Mithen
Yes, there is evidence that the use of the clovis point might have been necessary to take down bigger game though some think that the clovis point was all for show and trade, and not for use as a real weapon and there is evidence for disease and famine signs of starvation in megafaunal bonesbut his argument, that the changes in habitat precipitated megafaunal populations, allowing them to be in a position to be pushed “over the edge,” seems convincing. Recommended for anyone wanting to be more up to speed about the time between the last Ice Age c 20, BC and the beginning of “civilization” c BC.
Every member of the tribe would have been involved in the getting of foodstuffs. Wealth and power had evidently been dependent on sedentary village life. Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. He cites several different pieces of evidence for this, not least of which is the very limited use of such animals in ancient North Americans’ diets, as evidenced by the multitude of rabbit and fowl bones that show cut marks from butchering, versus the very small number of such bones coming from megafauna.
In After the Ice, Steve Mithen provides a popular account of the current state of archaeological knowledge and theory, a worldwide survey of the story of 15, years – a period which basically extends from the height of the last Ice Age to the earliest agricultural cultures.
Africa oce domesticated cattle on their own. I appreciated Mithen’s making evident how the use of the term “history” to mean written history and what a huge amount of human history that leaves to the erroneous term “prehistory.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jan 04, Marc Towersap rated it it was amazing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. That said, it is well worth the effort. They found skulls, but no clear evidence that they were strangled.
In addition he provides great detail on weather change and how the historical weather conditions were determined and most importantly how that shaped the world between 20, and 5, BC. On the other hand, it can be a bit repetitive and wearying. Real pity, not many books cover such period range at advanced level, beyond oversimplifying for popularization and being overly scholarly for specialists only.
His nonsense books, mo …. John Lubbock is the name is of an actual archaeologist who wrote ‘Prehistoric Times’ in the late 19th century and inspired the author to study icce. Nice maps, but needs more illustrations, too!
These indicate periods of food shortage, often immediately after weaning. I recommend it highly. Well I struggled through to the end of this, but only because the subject matter is so interesting and there are so few non-specialist books available.
This is some food for thought as we look to the next century, when global warming is likely to impact a world containing thousands of times thee many people.
After the Ice: A Global Human History, 20,000-5000 BC
Also predicted are more frequent El Nino conditions due to global warming. Mithen does an outstanding job of covering the large-scale geological and atmospheric changes that took place over this rather dynamic, often turbulent, time in the Earth’s history. The shells had lost their value because there was no longer any control over their distribution – mobile hunter-gatherers were able to collect seashells for themselves and trade with whom they wished.
Their views are often contrasted to show the advances that archaeologists have made since the early days of archaeology as a science. But these people live on the brink of seismic change—10, years of climate shifts culminating in abrupt global warming that will usher in a fundamentally changed human world. Oct 09, Su McLaren rated it it was amazing.
After the Ice is a fascinating book, and is essential reading for anyone interested in the prehistoric past. Trivia About After the Ice: Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests.
Northern Africa wasn’t a desert, but became one about 3, BC and has remained one ever since. Atfer a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Mithen affter that the climactic change that occured with the warming of the Earth after the last ice age forced such animals into tight niches that could not sustain them, making them easy prey for hunters and particularly susceptible to disease.
To say I learned a lot is an understatement – I was only an anthropology minor, so I didn’t have the breadth of knowledge that some of the tbe T.
The earth is a dynamic place.
After the Ice : A Global Human History, 20,000 – 5000 BC
The Harvard University Press edition also has three sections of color photographs. As the climate became warmer and wetter, plants and animals more diverse and abundant, people stayed longer and returned earlier to their winter aggregation sites until some people remained all year round.
Dec 18, Andrew added it Shelves: Mithen This has been my dip-in-and-out of book for the past few months.