People of the Earth: An Introduction to World Prehistory

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For courses in Introduction to Archaeology. This comprehensive and well-established text is appropriate for courses in world prehistory taught in anthropology departments. It tells the beginning student a narrative story of human prehistory with a global voice and without a specific theoretical viewpoint. Designed to show how today's diverse humanity developed biologically and culturally over millions of years 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. Recent discoveries, new archaeological methodologies, and the latest theories of human biological and cultural evolution are emphasized throughout.

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This narrative traces the beginnings of humankind, surveying the prehistory of the world from the earliest times to the advent of literate civilization. The study examines the major theories of origin and the development of both the Old World and the New. In this edition, there is an expanded emphasis on the cultural complexity of early humans and their societies and on contemporary theories of biological and cultural evolution.

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This text offers a survey of human evolution from earliest times up to the advent of literate civilizations, providing a view of human prehistory. It also discusses advances in fossil discoveries, the origins of modern humans and theories relating to food production.

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