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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They cover ice ages, warming periods, and their effects on human development and the rise of civilizations.

To take an mkthen, in the last chapter the note referenced as 2 in the text appears as 6 in the endpapers, with the notes in between also incorrect become I hope this will be aftef in later editions. True, our knowledge of the time in question – 20, – 5, BCE – is fragmentary, but surely some sort of rough synthesis could have been possible.

Natufian sites are no more abundant than those of the previous times; if there had been a time of population pressure it was at mithwn, BC when there is a dramatic mkthen in the number of Kebaran sites and the standardisation of microlith forms. There are no signs of conflict between groups, such as embedded arrow points in human bones unlike the situation that Lubbock will find on his European, Australian and African travels.

Nice maps, but needs more illustrations, too! It is just too huge, and to be ater if you attempt to read it cover to cover all the groups merge into each other with insufficient difference to really hold the reader.

I pored over thousands of pages, taking notes and distilling the information down into outline form for an mithn survey class that Dr.

It could be a textbook, but it’s written with the style and pace of a novel. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. The Best Books of The Natufian people appear to have been quite peaceable as well as healthy. Such a thing happened not two miles from where I live.

The big picture never escapes Mithen, and he does well to present several sides of some controversial issues. Drawing on the latest research in aafter, human genetics, and environmental science, After the Ice takes the reader on a sweeping tour of 15, years of human history. The author uses a fictional characterJohn Lubbock, who travels to each of the sites named and there are dozens of themand describes what he sees when the sites were actually in use.


And if you, like me, had not read a survey of archaeological discoveries for over twenty years, I invite you to delve into Mithen’s book. Mithen’s After the Ice is as good as it gets, so far as archaeological writing is concerned. Which leads to the second issue – the endnotes, where far too many details about the reasons behind speculations as well as a lot hte interesting asides are shunted.

This is an excellent survey, with a couple aftsr weaknesses. Fires and Flowers Huntergatherers and the forest steppe BC.

ResoluteReader: Steven Mithen – After the Ice – A Global Human History 20, – 5, BC

I especially liked his forays into the domestication of plants and animals. The tale is told through the eyes of a fellow named Lubbock named after a Victorian proto-prehistorianwho wanders through each continent over this time period, unaffected by time or distance or hunger, though he does eat off the land from time to time, perhaps out of a sense of solidarity with the locals.

The format means you travel back and forwards in time, I think I would have preferred a linear timeline with a visit to each continent.

There’s some speculation about what this “John” actually observes, since Mithen doesn’t have a time machine to actually see it.

For example, I know from other books that there is a surprising diversity of indigenous language families in one small corner in the north-west of Australia, yet just one language family accounts for the entire remainder of the continent. He has a fictional voyager he names John Lubbock named after a Victorian era archeologist travel through time and space, observing things around him.

Dec 21, Roger Burk rated it really liked it Shelves: After all, Mithen makes it obvious that his “newer” John Lubbock sections are fictional, though they derive from suppositions arising out of the archaeological record.

Mitthen 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 mitheb megafauna. Mthen learned a good bit through the device, but would have preferred just to read the information without the “Lubbock” character.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Oct 08, Julien Rapp rated it really liked it Shelves: Newer Post Older Post Home. A fantastic journey into the past. In some cases the explanations get very technical indeed, but the transparency of process that is usually not found in history books means that even if Mithen’s work is zfter rendered obsolete in its conclusions, it will remain timeless as a source of evidence.

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After the Ice

John Lubbock carries a copy of Prehistoric Times around with him, which makes it possible for Mithen to discuss just how much our ideas about the past have changed in the last century and a half and also our attitudes to non-white people. 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 mthen changed human world. Couldn’t Mithen just have attempted day-in-the-life descriptions of life back then without this odd devise?

With that said, the shear breadth of this book is enormous. DNA analysis is wfter carefully considered and its evidence carries more weight with him. Other editions – View all After the Ice: An appendix of chapter footnotes is provided along with his extensive bibliography and an index.

The pages are divided into sections for areas around the globe: Within each section, chapters describe the findings of archaeological digs at selected sites which provide clues to the cultures of Homo sapiens. But full-scale rice farming didn’t come there until BC from the mainland. Later, when the same data was reinterpreted, a completely different picture of the ancient activities at that site emerged.

Dec 01, Ira Carter rated it it was amazing.