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Ideal for introduction to archaeology and world prehistory courses, The Past in Perspective, Fifth Edition, is an engaging and up-to-date chronological introduction to human prehistory. Kenneth L. Feder introduces students to "the big picture"--the grand sweep of human evolutionary history--presenting the human past within the context of fundamental themes of cultural evolution. Written in a refreshingly accessible voice, this narrative of human prehistory personalizes the past and makes it relevant to today's students.
Using a consistent chapter format--Prelude, Chronicle, Issues and Debates, and Case Study Close-up--Feder helps students master both what we know and what is still being debated about the complex story of the human past. Each chapter also includes overviews; a timeline of events; maps pinpointing locations of sites discussed; site lists for each chapter with page references; chapter summaries; key terms (defined in the glossary at the back of the book); and suggested reading lists.
New to This Edition
* Updated information about early hominin finds, including Ardipithecus (Chapter 3), Homo floriensis (Chapter 4), Sima del Elefante Cave in Spain (Chapter 4), the reconstruction of the Neandertal genome (Chapter 5), and the spectacular array of artifacts recovered at Hohle Fels Cave in Germany (Chapter 6)
* New information on methodology, such as strontium isotype analysis for tracing geographic sources (Chapter 2), molecular archaeology (Chapter 5), and forensics (Chapter 1)
* New information and a summary that updates our understanding of the peopling of the Americas and Australia (Chapter 7)
* New chapter (8) "After the Ice: The Food-Producing Revolution"--a combined and streamlined Chapters 8 and 9--with new information about China and the domestication of the horse as well as the complex at Gobeckli Tepe in Turkey
* New information on the Olmec and the recent excavation at Stonehenge (Chapter 9)
* A reorganization and updating of Chapters 10 and 11, with significant new material on China
* A greatly expanded discussion of the roots of complexity in Mesoamerica, South America, aboriginal North America, and sub-Saharan Africa (Chapters 12-14)
* A Companion Website (www.oup.com/us/feder) offers "Visiting the Past" sections, as well as quizzes, chapter summaries, flashcards, and links to websites that provide virtual tours of archaeological sites discussed in the text.
* A CD-ROM, available to adopters (978-0-19539147-3), provides a computerized test bank and instructor resources that include a chapter synthesis; key terms; multiple-choice and essay questions; suggested additional resources, such as videos, CD-ROMs, and websites; and PowerPoint slides.
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Ken Feder (Ph.D., University of Connecticut) is Professor of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University and author and co-author of several successful college texts including: Human Antiquity: An Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology (with Michael Park); Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology; A Village of Outcasts: Historical Archaeology and Documentary Research at the Lighthouse Site; and The Past In Perspective: An Introduction to Human Prehistory.
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