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Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction

by Christopher Gosden and Chris Gosden
Paperback
Publication Date: 26/06/2003
  $19.95
This VSI to prehistory will introduce the reader to four and a half million years of human existence. Many of the familiar aspects of modern life are no more than a century or two old, yet our deep social structures and skills were in large measure developed by small bands of our prehistoric ancestors many millennia ago. Chris Gosden invites us to think seriously about who we are by considering who we have been. The idea of prehistory owes its origins to Darwin - suddenly any description of human life on Earth had to take account of a much longer timespan than ever before. What new views of ourselves has this new timespan opened up? Chris Gosden's fascinating new book asks: What relationships did our distant ancestors have with the natural world, with each other, and with the objects and values they created? And as humanity hurtles into a future of virtual interraction and genetic manipulation, what can the darkest recesses of our past teach us about our future?
ISBN:
9780192803436
9780192803436
Category:
General & world history
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
26-06-2003
Language:
English
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
152
Dimensions (mm):
178x113x9mm
Weight:
0.14kg
Chris Gosden

Chris Gosden is Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Previously he was curator and lecturer at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, where he encountered many magical objects displayed in a scientific manner.

Chris is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Society of Antiquaries, as well as a trustee of the Art Fund and the chair of trustees for Oxford Archaeology. He has written or edited eighteen academic books. This is his first trade book.

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