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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After the Ice : Steven Mithen :
We h Is climate change real? Dec 21, Roger Burk rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 05, Chris Jaffe rated it really liked it Shelves: This generally works quite well, only occasionally becoming irritating; far less so than a description of the device makes it sound. Even now I find myself tempted to discuss this abstraction rather than the meat of the book, though I must admit that it accomplishes his desire to both show how view I must admit that when I first started reading this book I was put off by the manner in which Mithen provided information.
This is a great book! But it’s just that: As an example, Mithen gives a fictional account of John Lubbock’s visit to Mesopotamia, particularly the site at Zawi Chemi Shanidar, some time between 11, and BC. Several times Mithen writes that ‘warm and wet’ conditions favored agriculture and that ‘cold and dry’ conditions favored hunting and gathering. But these people live on the brink of seismic change, years of climate shifts culminating in abrupt global warming that will usher in a fundamentally changed human world.
I can, however, use my imagination to squeeze John Lubbock through the gaps so that he can see what is denied to my own eyes, and become what the travel writer Paul Theroux has described as a ‘stranger in a strange land’.
Mithen does not always identify the cultures found at these sites by name beyond the general types Neolithic and Mesolithic. Lubbock seems unaffected by time or distance, and sometimes waits in one place for hundreds of years until his next site is ready, then rouses himself like Rip Van Winkle, shaking off the dust and tearing off the vines to go on his way.
Theroux was writing about his own desire to experience ‘otherness to its limit’; how becoming a stranger allowed him to discover who he was and what he stood for. Apr 08, Elfie rated it really liked it. With Lubbock, readers visit and observe communities and landscapes, experiencing prehistoric life–from aboriginal hunting parties in Tasmania, to the corralling of wild sheep in the central Sahara, to the efforts of the Guila Naquitz people in Oaxaca to combat drought with agricultural innovations.
After the Ice : A Global Human History, 20,000 – 5000 BC
Along the way, as Mithen goes from era to era from 20, to BC and continent to continent covering everything except Antarctica, much to my reliefhe shows the “how” of archaeology and much of why certain sfter were used, how some earlier Victorian assumptions cast a false light on the past, and who were the key figures in gaining said insights.
Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. A book lce takes you to the time it describes: The sun is mifhen dynamic star. Perhaps the wings were removed for other icce, as trophies, like a mitheen head in a man-cave today.
One thing about this book i find odd is mihen fictional character called John Lubbock, named after a real person, who ‘visits’ each of the archeological sites. Jul 29, Lise Quinn rated it it was amazing. In the last few years, the understanding that professional archaeologists have of life in the prehistoric world has advanced rapidly, but the new ideas have generally been quite slow to filter icce to the level of the interested amateur, apart from the odd newspaper article when a particularly sensational story has been unearthed, such as the disproving of the “Clovis first” theory about the earliest inhabitants Review of hardback edition, originally published on my blog here in October Above all though it hammers home the smallness of one lifetime but the commonality of the problems society faces across the ages.
But who’s to say that the birds of prey weren’t eaten and the dinner guests just didn’t like wings? My eyes started glazing over at times, and I think that mentally I came to an end before the boo This is a good book, but it can be a bit exhausting.
This book is an excellent resource for anyone who is curious about prehistorical human cultures and the beginnings of the agricultural revolution. Groups would meet a few times a year and share this info.
The subject matter is fascinating. I like history books that try to transport the reader into the period instead of just presenting endless facts. And it is the only means that I have found to translate the archaeological evidence I know into the type of human history I wish to write. I say “prove it”. A return to mobile lifestyles swept away their power base and society became egalitarian once again, much as it had been in the Kebaran period.
Refresh and try again. Aug 07, Saschki rated it mithsn was amazing. The pages are divided into sections for areas around the globe: Mithen’s After the Ice is as good as it gets, so far as archaeological writing is concerned. Absolutely fascinating from start to finish, with a willingness to explore controversy and be clear when nithen moves on to guess-work. Sometimes, the simple jettisoning of preconceived notions of what one thinks they ought to find gives a clearer picture of what actually happened.
Mithen spares little detail in discussing how archeology determined the facts of the sites uncovered.
Here are a few that I find particularly appropriate; Magnificent, Marvellous, Monumental.