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Under the Boards: The Cultural Revolution in Basketball

Under the Boards: The Cultural Revolution in Basketball

The true story of basketball lives as much off the court as on the hardwood; it is about politics and race and cultural clashes as heated as a final-four buzzer-beater. This story unfolds in all its gritty and colorful detail in Under the Boards. From the birth of the Larry Bird legend to the ascendancy of a hip-hop-infused NBA to the backlash against bling and the contemporary American game, Jeffrey Lane traces the emergence of a new culture of basketball, complete with competing values, attitudes, aesthetics, and racial and economic tensions. The revolution Lane describes resonates in the way Latrell Sprewell?s assault on his coach forever changed NBA power relations; in legendary coach Bob Knight?s entanglement in high school basketball history; in the dramatic shift in attitude toward European players; in the impact of the deaths of two rappers on rookie Allen Iverson?s career; and in conflicting cultural models rooted in ideals of black masculinity and white nostalgia. In these moments Lane?s book documents a profound change in basketball and in American culture over the last thirty years.

Brand: Bison Books

The Iron Age Round-House: Later Prehistoric Building in Britain and Beyond

The Iron Age Round-House: Later Prehistoric Building in Britain and Beyond

In contrast to Continental Europe, where the Iron Age is abundantly represented by funerary remains as well as by hill-forts and major centers, the British Iron Age is mainly represented by its settlement sites, and especially by houses of circular ground-plan, in marked contrast to the Central and Northern European tradition of rectangular houses. In lowland Britain the evidence for timber round-houses comprises the footprint of post-holes or foundation trenches; in the Atlantic north and west, the remains of monumental stone-built houses survive as upstanding ruins, testimony to the building skills of Iron Age engineers and masons. D.W. Harding's fully illustrated study explores not just the architectural aspects of round-houses, but more importantly their role in the social, economic and ritual structure of their communities, and their significance as symbols of Iron Age society in the face of Romanization.

Brand: Oxford University Press, USA

A History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia, Vol. 1: Inner Eurasia from Prehistory to the Mongol Empire

A History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia, Vol. 1: Inner Eurasia from Prehistory to the Mongol Empire

This is a history of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia from the time of the first inhabitants of the region up to the break up of the Mongol Empire in 1260AD.

Brand: Wiley-Blackwell

Mesolithic Europe

Mesolithic Europe

This book focuses on the archaeology of the hunter-gatherer societies that inhabited Europe in the millennia between the Last Ice Age and the spread of agriculture, between 10,000 and 5,000 years ago. Traditionally viewed as a period of cultural stagnation, new data now demonstrate that this was a period of radical change and innovation. This was the period that witnessed the colonization of extensive new territory at high latitudes and high altitudes following postglacial climatic change, the development of seafaring, and the synthesis of the technological, economic, and social capabilities that underpinned the later development of agricultural and urban societies.

Brand: Cambridge University Press

La Destruccion de la Atlantida: Convincente evidencia de la precipitada caida de la legendaria civilizacion

La Destruccion de la Atlantida: Convincente evidencia de la precipitada caida de la legendaria civilizacion

The most comprehensive reconstruction of the history and fate of the legendary ancient civilization of Atlantis? Draws together compelling evidence from geology, astronomy, myths, and ancient texts to prove the existence of Atlantean civilization and its catastrophic end? Includes a vivid narrative that re-creates the last days of Atlantis? Represents 20 years worth of research across the globe All indigenous cultures share the myth of an ancient deluge. In The Destruction of Atlantis, author Frank Joseph links this worldwide cultural phenomenon to the story of the lost civilization of Atlantis. This comprehensive account combines 20 years of research with a stunning and imaginative portrait of a mighty empire corrupted by an overreaching lust for wealth and power. It offers an important lesson to our own materialistic civilization. Todas culturas ind genas comparten el mito de un antiguo diluvio. En su libro La Destrucci n de la Atl ntida, autor Frank Joseph enlaza este fen meno mundial con la historia de la civilizaci n perdida de la Atl ntida. Este cuento extenso com-bina 20 a os de investigaci n con una imaginativa y pasmosa representaci n de un gran imperio corrompido por una gran codicia por la riqueza y el poder, ofreciendo una lecci n importante para nuestra civilizaci n materialista.

Brand: Iti En Espanol

Stone Age Sailors: Paleolithic Seafaring in the Mediterranean

Stone Age Sailors: Paleolithic Seafaring in the Mediterranean

Over the past decade, evidence has been mounting that our ancestors developed skills to sail across large bodies of water early in prehistory. In this fascinating volume, Alan Simmons summarizes and synthesizes the evidence for prehistoric seafaring and island habitation worldwide, then focuses on the Mediterranean. Recent work in Melos, Crete, and elsewhere- as well as Simmons? own work in Cyprus- demonstrate that long-distance sailing is a common Paleolithic phenomenon. His comprehensive presentation of the key evidence and findings will be of interest to both those interested in prehistory and those interested in ancient seafaring.

Brand: Left Coast Press

The Agricultural Revolution in Prehistory: Why did Foragers become Farmers?

The Agricultural Revolution in Prehistory: Why did Foragers become Farmers?

The Agricultural Revolution in Prehistory addresses one of the most debated and least understood revolutions in the history of our species, the change from hunting and gathering to farming. Graeme Barker takes a global view, and integrates a massive array of information from archaeology and many other disciplines, including anthropology, botany, climatology, genetics, linguistics, and zoology. Against current orthodoxy, Barker develops a strong case for the development of agricultural systems in many areas as transformations in the life-ways of the indigenous forager societies, and argues that these were as much changes in social norms and ideologies as in ways of obtaining food. With a large number of helpful line drawings and photographs as well as a comprehensive bibliography, this authoritative study will appeal to a wide general readership as well as to specialists in a variety of fields.

Brand: Oxford University Press, USA

The Bronze Age Computer Disc

The Bronze Age Computer Disc

Here we pursue and resolve the obscure riddle of the Phaistos Disc and reveal an amazing truth: that Minoan Bronze Age man had a level of knowledge to match that of 20th-century Europe. Their mathematics was ahead of the Greeks and to this day we use a unit of their measure: the Nautical Mile. Here we demonstrate that Bronze Age man knew the world to be round, and that he could measure its circumference to within hundreds of metres! This true detective story also demonstrates that the movement of the Earth in relation to the planets was fully understood. And that the Minoans had their own self-correcting calendar, which is something that we still haven't managed to achieve! This is the story of their 366[degrees] circle and a most elegant system lost to mankind. Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas (The Second Messiah) have tested this research for themselves and write: '.the story Alan told was far stranger than we could have imagined. and sounded rather fanciful. But the cold-blooded result of our efforts was clear. Alan had to be right'. 'He has rediscovered prehistoric knowledge and a system of super elegance that was lost before Moses reached the Promised Land. This is thinking of the highest order, of which any civilisation would justly be proud'. 'The sheer volume of supporting evidence from Megalithic sources make his explanation totally compelling' - Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas.

Brand: Quantum

Recent Studies in the Final Palaeolithic of the European Plain (JUTLAND ARCH SOCIETY)

Recent Studies in the Final Palaeolithic of the European Plain (JUTLAND ARCH SOCIETY)

The Final Palaeolithic cultures of the European Plain were characterised by a variety of technological, social, economic and, possibly, ideological responses to a diversity of environmental and cultural changes, notably rapid and extreme changes in climate. This volume compares and contrasts patterns in subsistence and settlement across most of Northwestern Europe, including Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland. Combining case studies with general reviews, the reports discuss Lateglacial environments, the chronology of Final Palaeolithic colonisation, cultural differentiation and recent important and interesting discoveries.

Brand: Aarhus University Press

Ancestral Geographies of the Neolithic: Landscapes, Monuments and Memory

Ancestral Geographies of the Neolithic: Landscapes, Monuments and Memory

Archaeological evidence suggests that Neolithic sites had many different, frequently contradictory functions, and there may have been other uses for which no evidence survives. How can archaeologists present an effective interpetation, with the consciousness that both their own subjectivity, and the variety of conflicting views will determine their approach. Because these sites have become a focus for so much controversy, the problem of presenting them to the public assumes a critical importance. The authors do not seek to provide a comprehensive review of the archaeology of all these causewayed sites in Britain; rather they use them as case studies in the development of an archaeological interpetation.

Brand: Routledge

Eurasian Prehistory 7: 2 (2010)

Eurasian Prehistory 7: 2 (2010)

This journal is a joint venture endorsed by the American School of Prehistoric Research at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the Institute of Archaeology at Jagiellonian University in Poland. The aim of this journal is to publish lengthy site reports with many illustrations and other data-based articles on aspects of the palaeolithic and neolithic of Eurasia.

Brand: Peabody Museum Publications

How Did Farming Reach Europe? (Byzas)

How Did Farming Reach Europe? (Byzas)

Pages: 330, Paperback, Ege Yayinlari

Brand: Ege Yayinlari

A Catalyst for Ideas: Anthropological Archaeology and the Legacy of Douglas W. Schwartz (School of American Research Advanced Seminar Series)

A Catalyst for Ideas: Anthropological Archaeology and the Legacy of Douglas W. Schwartz (School of American Research Advanced Seminar Series)

This volume honors Douglas W. Schwartz's thirty-four years as president of the School of American Research. His far-reaching vision placed SAR on the intellectual edge of research about humans across the globe. Nowhere is this more evident than in his influence on the field of anthropological archaeology. The twelve essays in this volume celebrate his contributions by looking back at changes in the field and forward to vital questions, methods, and theories yet nascent. Ranging geographically from the North American Southwest-where Schwartz himself conducted extensive research-to Mesopotamia, central America, and the Indian subcontinent and chronologically from early hominid evolution through archaic hunter-gatherers to the classic and historical Maya, the distinguished contributors make the case for Schwartz's enduring legacy. Addressing major issues in relations of power, writing systems, and directions for future research, this volume is at once mature in its depth and exciting in its boldness.

Brand: SAR Press

Cypro-Minoan Inscriptions: Volume 1: Analysis

Cypro-Minoan Inscriptions: Volume 1: Analysis

This volume offers the first comprehensive examination of an ancient writing system from Cyprus and Syria known as Cypro-Minoan. After Linear B was deciphered by Michael Ventris in 1952, other un-deciphered scripts of the second millennium B.C. from the Aegean world (Linear A) and the Eastern Mediterranean (Cypro-Minoan) became the focus of those trying to crack this ancient and historical code. Despite several attempts for both syllabaries, this prospect has remained unrealized. This is especially true for Cypro-Minoan, the script of Late Bronze Age Cyprus found also at Ugarit in Syria, which, counting no more than 250 inscriptions, remains not only poorly documented, but also insufficiently explored in previous scholarship. Today progress in the study of this enigmatic script demands that we direct our attention to gaining new insight through a contextual analysis of Cypro-Minoan by tracing its life in the archaeological record and investigating its purpose and significance in the Cypriot and Syrian settlements that created and used it. With a new methodology concentrating on a groundbreaking contextual approach, Ferrara presents the first large-scale study of Cypro-Minoan with an analysis of all the inscriptions through a multidisciplinary perspective that embraces aspects of archaeology, epigraphy, and palaeography.

Brand: Oxford University Press, USA

Neanderthals, Bandits and Farmers: How Agriculture Really Began (Darwinism Today series)

Neanderthals, Bandits and Farmers: How Agriculture Really Began (Darwinism Today series)

Colin Tudge overturns the traditional view that farming began in the Middle East 10,000 years ago, quickly led to the Neolithic farming revolution, and ended the hunting-gathering lifestyle. Agriculture in some form had been practiced for thousands of years before that, Tudge argues. Neolithic farming was not the beginning of agriculture but the beginning of agriculture on a large scale, in one place, with refined tools.

Brand: Yale University Press

Ancient Europe, 8000 B.C. to A.D. 1000: An Encyclopedia of the Barbarian World

Ancient Europe, 8000 B.C. to A.D. 1000: An Encyclopedia of the Barbarian World

Pages: 1100, Edition: 1, Hardcover, Charles Scribners & Sons

Brand: Charles Scribners & Sons

The Sea-Craft of Prehistory

The Sea-Craft of Prehistory

The nautical dimension of prehistory has not so far received the attention it deserves. It is also too often assumed that early man was land bound, yet this is demonstrably not the case. Recent research has shown that man travelled and tracked over greater distances and at a much earlier date than has previously been thought possible. Some of these facts can be explained only by man's mastery of water transport from earliest times. This book, by an acknowledged expert on prehistoric sea-craft, examines these problems looking at the new archaeological information in the light of the author's nautical knowledge. The result is a detailed account of man's use of inland and ocean-going craft from earliest times until the dawn of recorded history. All forms of evidence are critically assessed, from the vessels of Ancient Egypt to the Chinese junk, to present of comprehensive picture of the vessels men have built through the ages, and of the variety of ways in which they have been used.

Brand: Routledge

Prehistoric Europe: Theory and Practice

Prehistoric Europe: Theory and Practice

Prehistoric Europe: Theory and Practice provides a comprehensive introduction to the range of critical contemporary thinking in the study of European prehistory. Presents essays by some of the most dynamic researchers and leading European scholars in the field today Ranges from the Neolithic period to the early stages of the Iron Age, and from Ireland and Scandinavia to the Urals and the Iberian Peninsula

Brand: Wiley-Blackwell

Lithics: Macroscopic Approaches to Analysis (Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology)

Lithics: Macroscopic Approaches to Analysis (Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology)

This fully updated and revised edition of William Andrefsky Jr's ground-breaking manual on lithic analysis is designed for students and professional archaeologists. It explains the fundamental principles of the measurement, recording and analysis of stone tools and stone tool production debris. Introducing the reader to lithic raw materials, classification, terminology and key concepts, the volume comprehensively explores methods and techniques, presenting detailed case studies of lithic analysis from around the world. It also examines new emerging techniques and includes a new section on stone tool functional studies.

Brand: Cambridge University Press

Bronze Age War Chariots (New Vanguard)

Bronze Age War Chariots (New Vanguard)

Chariots, the first mobile fighting vehicle, seem to have originated in Mesopotamia in the third millennium BC. The highly mobile two-wheeled war chariot, carrying a driver and an archer armed with a short composite bow, revolutionized military tactics after 1700 BC. This expensive weapon spread throughout the Middle East and is thought to have reached Egypt with the conquering Hyksos. It spread into Asia Minor, Greece, and was known in Northern Europe by 1500 BC. This book covers the evolution of the war chariot throughout the Bronze Age, detailing its design, development and combat history - in particular its fundamental involvement at the battle of Qadesh.

Brand: Osprey Publishing

The Early Mediterranean Village: Agency, Material Culture, and Social Change in Neolithic Italy

The Early Mediterranean Village: Agency, Material Culture, and Social Change in Neolithic Italy

What was daily life like in Italy between 6000 and 3500 BC? In this book, John Robb brings together the archaeological evidence on a wide range of aspects of life in Neolithic Italy and surrounding regions (Sicily and Malta). Exploring how the routines of daily life structured social relations and human experience during this period, Robb provides a detailed analysis of how people built houses, buried their dead, made and shared a distinctive cuisine, and made the pots and stone tools that archaeologists find.

Brand: Cambridge University Press

The Oxford Handbook of the European Bronze Age (Oxford Handbooks)

The Oxford Handbook of the European Bronze Age (Oxford Handbooks)

The Oxford Handbook of the European Bronze Age is a wide-ranging survey of a crucial period in prehistory during which many social, economic, and technological changes took place. Written by expert specialists in the field, the book provides coverage both of the themes that characterize the period, and of the specific developments that took place in the various countries of Europe. After an introduction and a discussion of chronology, successive chapters deal with settlement studies, burial analysis, hoards and hoarding, monumentality, rock art, cosmology, gender, and trade, as well as a series of articles on specific technologies and crafts (such as transport, metals, glass, salt, textiles, and weighing). The second half of the book covers each country in turn. From Ireland to Russia, Scandinavia to Sicily, every area is considered, and up to date information on important recent finds is discussed in detail. The book is the first to consider the whole of the European Bronze Age in both geographical and thematic terms, and will be the standard book on the subject for the foreseeable future.

Brand: Oxford University Press, USA

Knossos Monastiriako Tomb and 'Deposit' (British School at Athens Studies)

Knossos Monastiriako Tomb and 'Deposit' (British School at Athens Studies)

The archaeological sites on the Monastiriako Kephali hill analysed in this volume include the earliest known mortuary activity at the key Minoan centre of Knossos on the island of Crete. Two Bronze Age sites are presented, known as the? Tomb? and the? Deposit? originally excavated in the 1930s but until now never published in detail. The? Tomb? represents the earliest known funerary site at Bronze Age Knossos, established in the late Prepalatial period and continuing in use until the Neopalatial. The function of the nearby? Deposit? site is more ambiguous, but a mortuary interpretation is also possible for the phases contemporary with the? Tomb? and is almost certain for the subsequent Late Minoan II?III era. This volume presents the excavated material held principally in the Stratigraphical Museum at Knossos. The stone artefacts, human remains, faunal remains, glyptic material and ceramics are described and discussed by Don Evely, Rebecca Gowland, Valasia Isaakidou, Olga Krzyszkowska and Laura Preston respectively, and the sites are placed within the broader framework of Minoan mortuary practices at Knossos during the second millennium BC.

Brand: British School at Athens

Mediterranean Voyages: The Archaeology of Island Colonisation and Abandonment (UNIV COL LONDON INST ARCH PUB)

Mediterranean Voyages: The Archaeology of Island Colonisation and Abandonment (UNIV COL LONDON INST ARCH PUB)

Islands are ideal case studies for exploring social connectivity, episodes of colonisation, abandonment, and alternating phases of cultural interaction and isolation. Their societies display different attitudes toward the land and the sea, which in turn cast light on group identities. This volume advances theoretical discussions of island archaeology by offering a comparative study of the archaeology of colonisation, abandonment, and resettlement of the Mediterranean islands in prehistory. This comparative and thematic study encourages anthropological reflections on the archaeology of the islands, ultimately focusing on people rather than geographical units, and specifically on the relations between islanders, mainlanders, and the creation of islander identities. This volume has significance for scholars interested in Mediterranean archaeology, as well as those interested more broadly in colonisation and abandonment.

Brand: Left Coast Press

Europe before History (New Studies in Archaeology)

Europe before History (New Studies in Archaeology)

The societies of the European Bronze Age produced elaborate artifacts and were drawn into a wide trade network extending over the whole of Europe, yet they were economically and politically undiversified. Kristian Kristiansen attempts to explain this paradox using a world-systems analysis, and provides a rich body of evidence to support his case. The result is a coherent overview of this period of European prehistory that addresses some of the larger questions raised in the study of the period.

Brand: Cambridge University Press

Iron Age Households: Structure and Practice in Western Denmark, 500BC-AD200 (JUTLAND ARCH SOCIETY)

Iron Age Households: Structure and Practice in Western Denmark, 500BC-AD200 (JUTLAND ARCH SOCIETY)

An investigation into the nature and workings of the household in one part of northern Europe (in Western Denmark), focusing on the Early Iron Age (c 500 BC-AD 200), considering the household unit and its internal social relations. It includes an introduction to the geographical and archaeological context and the dataset, chapters on the nature of the household group and its relationship to the wider community, analysis of the structure and use of space within the Early Iron Age farmstead, the architecture of the longhouse, and the domestic space outside the house and depositional practices.

Brand: Aarhus University Press

Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives: Sex, Gender, and Archaeology

Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives: Sex, Gender, and Archaeology

There has never been a single way that social life has heen organized by sex. The ancient Greeks saw men and women as expressing varying degrees of a single sexual potential; many Native American societies considered sexual identity as something that changed and developed during a lifetime, and recognized three or four categories of sexual identity. Ranging from the earliest European hunters who created the first human images known to us almost 30,000 years ago to the lives of men and women from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries who seldom appear in conventional histories, Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives explores how men and women have represented sexual differences, and lived lives shaped in part by those differences. Professor Joyce shows not only how archaeologists learn about the lives of men and women in the past, but also why the stories they can tell are important to hear today. She challenges us to reconsider how we think about sex and its implications for each person. Showing the critical role of the material world in forming our experiences of and concepts about sex, this book connects archaeology firmly to contemporary studies of material culture and identity. 35 black-and-white illustrations

Brand: Thames & Hudson

People of the Earth: An Introduction to World Pre-History (13th Edition)

People of the Earth: An Introduction to World Pre-History (13th Edition)

This internationally renowned text provides the only truly global account of human prehistory from the earliest times through the earliest civilizations. Written in an accessible way, People of the Earth shows how today's diverse humanity developed biologically and culturally over millions of years against a background of constant climatic change.

Brand: Pearson

Before the Big Bang: The Prehistory of the Universe

Before the Big Bang: The Prehistory of the Universe

According to a recent survey, the most popular question about science from the general public was: what came before the Big Bang? We all know on some level what the Big Bang is, but we don't know how it became the accepted theory, or how we might know what came before. In Before the Big Bang, Brian Clegg (the critically acclaimed author of Upgrade Me and The God Effect ) explores the history of this remarkable concept. From the earliest creation myths, through Hershel?s realization that the Milky Way was one of many galaxies, to on-going debates about Black Holes, this is an incredible look at the origins of the universe and the many theories that led to the acceptance of the Big Bang. But in classic scientist fashion Clegg challenges the notion of the? Big Bang? itself, and raises the deep philosophical question of why we might want to rethink the origin of the universe. This is popular science at its best, exploratory, controversial, and utterly engrossing.

Brand: St. Martin's Griffin

The Prehistories of Baseball

The Prehistories of Baseball

Pages: 277, Paperback, Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub

Brand: McFarland & Co Inc Pub

Sticks, Stones, and Broken Bones: Neolithic Violence in a European Perspective

Sticks, Stones, and Broken Bones: Neolithic Violence in a European Perspective

Sticks, Stones, and Broken Bones: Neolithic Violence in a European Perspective presents an up-to-date overview of the evidence for violent injuries on human skeletons of the Neolithic period in Europe, ranging from 6700 to 2000 BC. Unlike other lines of evidence - weapons, fortifications, and imagery - the human skeleton preserves the actual marks of past violent encounters. The papers in this volume are written by the experts undertaking the archaeological analysis, and present evidence from eleven European countries which provide, for the first time, the basis for a comparative approach between different regions and periods. Difficulties and ambiguities in interpreting the evidence are also discussed, although many of the cases are clearly the outcome of conflict. Injuries often show healing, but others can be seen as the cause of death. In many parts of Europe, women and children appear to have been the victims of violence as often as adult men. The volume not only presents an excellent starting point for a new consideration of the prevalence and significance of violence in Neolithic Europe, but provides an invaluable baseline for comparisons with both earlier and later periods.

Brand: Oxford University Press, USA

The Megaliths of Northern Europe

The Megaliths of Northern Europe

The North European megaliths are among the most enduring structures built in prehistory; they are imbued with symbolic meanings which embody physical and conceptual ideas about the nature of the world inhabited by the first Northern farmers. The Megaliths of Northern Europe provides a much needed up-to-date synthesis of the material available on these monuments, incorporating the results of recent research in Holland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. This research has brought to light new data on the construction of the megaliths and their role in the cultural landscape, and Magdalena Midgley offers a fascinating interpretation of the symbolism of megalithic tombs within the context of early farming communities. This wealth of new evidence suggests the Northern European megaliths were important foci in the wider north-west European context. The construction of dolmens and passage graves, using huge glacial boulders, demanded both great communal effort and considerable skill. In addition to this technical expertise the master builders also made use of their esoteric knowledge of rituals. This was expressed in the use of exotic building materials and special architectural features, and in the placement of tombs within the natural and cultural landscapes, creating new metaphors and images. Fully illustrated, this book will be of interest to both undergraduate and postgraduate students of European Prehistory, Archaeology and Prehistoric Anthropology, as well as architects who study ancient architecture and social anthropologists who study modern megaliths.

Brand: Routledge

Beyond the Ubaid: Transformation and Integration in the Late Prehistoric Societies of the Middle East (Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilizations)

Beyond the Ubaid: Transformation and Integration in the Late Prehistoric Societies of the Middle East (Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilizations)

Originally coined to signify a style of pottery in southern Iraq, and by extension an associated people and a chronological period, the term "Ubaid" is now often used loosely to denote a vast Near Eastern interaction zone, characterized by similarities in material culture, particularly ceramic styles, which existed during the sixth and fifth millennia B.C. This zone extended over 2,000 km from the shores of the Mediterranean to the Straits of Hormuz, including parts of Anatolia and perhaps even the Caucasus. The volume contains twenty-three papers that explore what the "Ubaid" is, how it is identified, and how the Ubaid in one location compares to another in a distant location. The papers are the result of "The Ubaid Expansion? Cultural Meaning, Identity and the Lead-up to Urbanism," an International Workshop held at Grey College, University of Durham, 20-22 April 2006.

Brand: Oriental Institute Of The University Of Chicago

The Past in Perspective: An Introduction to Human Prehistory

The Past in Perspective: An Introduction to Human Prehistory

Ideal for introduction to archaeology and world prehistory courses, The Past in Perspective: An Introduction to Human Prehistory, 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 an overview; a timeline of events, maps pinpointing locations of sites discussed, site lists with page references, a chapter summary, 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 floresiensis (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 version of Chapters 8 and 9 of the Fourth Edition-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)

Brand: Oxford University Press, USA

The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World

The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World

Roughly half the world's population speaks languages derived from a shared linguistic source known as Proto-Indo-European. But who were the early speakers of this ancient mother tongue, and how did they manage to spread it around the globe? Until now their identity has remained a tantalizing mystery to linguists, archaeologists, and even Nazis seeking the roots of the Aryan race. The Horse, the Wheel, and Language lifts the veil that has long shrouded these original Indo-European speakers, and reveals how their domestication of horses and use of the wheel spread language and transformed civilization. Linking prehistoric archaeological remains with the development of language, David Anthony identifies the prehistoric peoples of central Eurasia's steppe grasslands as the original speakers of Proto-Indo-European, and shows how their innovative use of the ox wagon, horseback riding, and the warrior's chariot turned the Eurasian steppes into a thriving transcontinental corridor of communication, commerce, and cultural exchange. He explains how they spread their traditions and gave rise to important advances in copper mining, warfare, and patron-client political institutions, thereby ushering in an era of vibrant social change. Anthony also describes his fascinating discovery of how the wear from bits on ancient horse teeth reveals the origins of horseback riding. The Horse, the Wheel, and Language solves a puzzle that has vexed scholars for two centuries-the source of the Indo-European languages and English-and recovers a magnificent and influential civilization from the past.

Brand: Princeton University Press

The Mediterranean from 50,000 to 25,000 BP: Turning Points and New Directions

The Mediterranean from 50,000 to 25,000 BP: Turning Points and New Directions

The passage between the periods which we call Middle and Upper Palaeolithic has long held a special fascination for Palaeolithic archaeologists, but over the past ten years or so it has gone right to the top of the list of 'hot' research topics. Underpinning it all is genuine and apparently enduring public interest in what actually happened at this point in human history. Why so much public interest? Well, it's us, isn't it? - bright, clever, intelligent modern humans replacing those tiresome and deeply flawed, if quite charming, Neanderthals. Modern behaviours, art, population explosion, economic revolution, all happening at once well, probably, or possibly well, maybe not. This book is a highly informative progress report on the state of current research concerning the passage from Middle to Upper Palaeolithic, focusing on the Mediterranean.

Brand: Oxbow Books

Information and Frontiers: Roman Foreign Relations in Late Antiquity

Information and Frontiers: Roman Foreign Relations in Late Antiquity

During late antiquity the Roman empire faced serious threats from the peoples to the east and to the north. This book is concerned with the role played by information and intelligence in the empire's relations with these peoples, how well-informed about them the empire was, and how such information was acquired. It deals with an important facet of late Roman history which has not previously received systematic treatment, and does so in a wide-ranging manner which relates the military/diplomatic history to its broader social/cultural and economic context.

Brand: Cambridge University Press

The World from Beginnings to 4000 BCE (New Oxford World History)

The World from Beginnings to 4000 BCE (New Oxford World History)

To be human is to be curious. And one of the things we are most curious about is how we came to be who we are-how we evolved over millions of years to become creatures capable of inquiring into our own evolution. In this lively and readable introduction, renowned anthropologist Ian Tattersall thoroughly examines both fossil and archaeological records to trace human evolution from the earliest beginnings of our zoological family, Hominidae, through the appearance of Homo sapiens to the Agricultural Revolution. He begins with an accessible overview of evolutionary theory and then explores the major turning points in human evolution: the emergence of the genus Homo, the advantages of bipedalism, the birth of the big brain and symbolic thinking, Paleolithic and Neolithic tool making, and finally the enormously consequential shift from hunter-gatherer to agricultural societies 10,000 years ago. Focusing particularly on the pattern of events and innovations in human biological and cultural evolution, Tattersall offers illuminating commentary on a wide range of topics, including the earliest known artistic expressions, ancient burial rites, the beginnings of language, the likely causes of Neanderthal extinction, the relationship between agriculture and Christianity, and the still unsolved mysteries of human consciousness. Complemented by a wealth of illustrations and written with the grace and accessibility for which Tattersall is widely admire, The World from Beginnings to 4000 BCE invites us to take a closer look at the strange and distant beings who, over the course of millions of years, would become us.

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The Upper Palaeolithic Revolution in global perspective: Papers in honour of Sir Paul Mellars (Mcdonald Institute Monographs)

The Upper Palaeolithic Revolution in global perspective: Papers in honour of Sir Paul Mellars (Mcdonald Institute Monographs)

The Palaeolithic is the only period in archaeology that can be studied globally. In the last half century one prehistorian, Sir Paul Mellars, has changed the shape and direction of such studies, adding immeasurably to what we know about humanity's earliest origins and the timing of crucial transitions in the journey. The Upper Palaeolithic Revolution in global perspective is a collection of essays in his honour. Contributions cover both his own area of primary interest (Franco-Cantabria) as well as many other regions of the world, all of which he has considered while writing about the Human Revolution in its wider geographical context. Papers in this volume examine the archaeological record of the Upper Pleistocene from Australia, through eastern and western Asia and Africa to northern Spain and the classical Perigord region of France, a cornerstone region which Mellars has been researching and publishing on since 1965. To papers on chronology, typology, subsistence and social complexity are added historical and theoretical contributions, along with a biography. These illustrate not only Paul Mellars's impact on the current shape and direction of Palaeolithic studies but also how the subject has changed and continues to change.

Brand: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

Chronique de Abou-Djafar-Mo'hammed-Ben-Djarir-Ben-Yezid Tabari: Traduite sur la version hersane d'Abou-Ali Mohammed Bel'Ami, d'apr s les manuscrits de. Hermann Zotenberg. Tome 1 (French Edition)

Chronique de Abou-Djafar-Mo'hammed-Ben-Djarir-Ben-Yezid Tabari: Traduite sur la version hersane d'Abou-Ali Mohammed Bel'Ami, d'apr s les manuscrits de. Hermann Zotenberg. Tome 1 (French Edition)

This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a 1867 edition by Imprimerie Imp riale, Paris.

Brand: Adamant Media Corporation

Origins and Revolutions: Human Identity in Earliest Prehistory

Origins and Revolutions: Human Identity in Earliest Prehistory

In this innovative study Clive Gamble presents and questions two of the most famous descriptions of change in prehistory. The first is the 'human revolution', when evidence for art, music, religion and language first appears. The second is the economic and social revolution of the Neolithic period. Gamble identifies the historical agendas behind 'origins research' and presents a bold new alternative to these established frameworks, relating the study of change to the material basis of human identity. He examines, through artefact proxies, how changing identities can be understood using embodied material metaphors and in two major case-studies charts the prehistory of innovations, asking, did agriculture really change the social world? This is an important and challenging book that will be essential reading for every student and scholar of prehistory.

Brand: Cambridge University Press

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