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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Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Maybe he is right, but it is not his subject, and I am tired of being lectured on this subject. Zfter is well worth the read for anyone with a slight interest in any of those subjects.

Drawing on the latest cutting-edge research in archaeology, cognitive science, palaeontology, geology and the evolutionary sciences, Steven Mithen creates an evocative, original and remarkably complete picture of minds, cultures, lives and landscapes through 15, years of history.

Besides that, Lubbock seems to travel criss cro Reviews archaeological evidence concerning the period 20, BC to BC, covering all the continents. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? Want to Read saving….

Mithen tries to keep things from getting too dry with a literary devise that sorta works, and is sorta weirdly annoying. A return to mobile lifestyles swept away their power base and society became egalitarian once again, much as it had been in the Kebaran period.

The universe itself is ever changing. In order to bring us back down to human scale, he employs two characters with the same name: Even now I find myself tempted to discuss this abstraction rather than the meat of the book, though I must admit that ixe accomplishes his desire to both show how views of the time evolved and give a more personal understanding of the sites themselves.

After the Ice

But still, this is a good book, I’m glad to have read it. For instance, on the question of the disappearance of megafauna such as the mastadon from North America, and whether the cause of their extinction was disease or over-hunting, his answer is.


It’s a page overview of major archeological sites around the world, going continent-by-continent. Published inthis book covers the period from 20, BCE. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. When the White Nile returned, the level of water increased dramatically. Like many of my generation, when I go looking for facts, I go to Wikipedia, not to page history books.

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Oct 09, Su McLaren rated it it was amazing. Mithen uses a particular device to overcome this difficulty: Even he admits, several times throughout the book, that when archaeologists can’t find a good reason for some of the strangeness they uncover, the default argument is that the weird assemblages are a result of ritual.

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After the Ice : A Global Human History, 20,000 – 5000 BC

Jan 04, Marc Towersap rated it it was amazing. Drawing on the latest research in archaeology, human genetics, and environmental science, After the Ice takes the reader on a sweeping tour of 15, years of human history. In the end I enjoyed the science of discovery and the educated speculation more than the artificial gimmick bothered me.

I especially liked his forays into the domestication of plants and animals. Wealth and power had evidently been dependent on sedentary village life. There would have been no space for individuals who contributed nothing to the production of food.

Surprisingly readable given the mthen of the scientific research he covers, and the breadth – human activity on every inhabi Unusual approach to communicating a sense of wonder and curiosity about the generations that came and went before recorded history – the author balances descriptions of past cultures around the world in the period following the last glacial maximum as witnessed by a time traveling alter-ego with detailed explanations of the archaeological evidence underlying the vignettes.

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He visits the sites that later archaeologists will excavate, describing how they looked in life with details filled in by imagination, pretty plausibly as far as I can tell. May 30, Rgauthie rated it it was ok Teh To ask other readers questions about After the Iceplease sign up. The LRB review can be read here: All in all, a frustrating book. Affer presentation of these and many other methods of delving into prehistory are thorough, catching the subtleties mithe each, without dragging the reader down with too much detail.

Mar 22, Daniel Tideman rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: On the other hand, it can be a bit repetitive and wearying. And what of the goats? Coastal Catastrophe Sealevel change and its consequences BC.

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Looking for beautiful books? But there is a ton of good info here. Mtihen enthusiasts will be pl If you’ve wondered what humanity was up to between the last glacial maximum and the rise of “civilization” always the most fun parts of the game of the same namethis is the book for you. The lines are less frequent in Natufian teeth than in those of farming people. Other editions – View all After the Ice: Well, the chart is a little annoying in that it’s backwards – from right-to-left instead of reading left-to-right.

But the text is fatally flawed by a few avter decisions. This would be a fantast This is a great miithen Lubbock seems unaffected by time or distance, and sometimes waits in one place for hundreds of years until his next site is ready, then rouses himself like Rip Van Winkle, shaking off the dust and tearing off the vines to go on his way.