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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Buyers of this book will get their money’s worth. Drawing on the latest research in archaeology, mithfn genetics, and environmental science, After the Ice takes the reader on a sweeping tour of 15, years of human history.

Mithen says that hunter-gatherers from Scandanavia inhabited northern Europe after the ice age ended. Above all though it hammers home the smallness of one lifetime but the commonality of the problems society faces across the ages. There were no class division’s amongst HG societies, and there are none in those few groups that survived to be observed by modern scientists.

Published April 1st by Harvard University Press first published Area maps preface each geographic region, showing the locations of the sites mentioned. We have evidence of animals like reindeer in places that are now far too warm for them.

He visits the sites that later archaeologists will excavate, describing how they looked in life with details filled in by imagination, pretty plausibly as far as I can tell. Oct 08, Julien Rapp rated it really liked it Shelves: Drawing on the latest cutting-edge research in archaeology, cognitive science, palaeontology, geology and the evolutionary sciences, Steven Mithen creates an evocative, original and remarkably complete picture of minds, cultures, lives and landscapes through 15, years of history.

Mithen likes to paint little pictures of life as it might have been in prehistory. I especially liked his forays into the domestication of plants and animals. All in all, a frustrating book. The fact that about a quarter of the Early Natufians had been buried in this fashion suggested that some had been much more wealthy and powerful than others.

And what of the goats? But let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater. I found the use of a fictional protagonist easy to follow, and thought the book was clear when there was conjecture as part of the narrative.


After the Ice: A Global Human History, 20,000-5000 BC

A fascinating time mitnen human history and the author is able to give you the impression that you are a part of it. Northern Africa wasn’t a desert, but became one about 3, BC and has remained one ever since. Couldn’t Mithen just have attempted day-in-the-life descriptions of life back then without this odd devise? By 5, BC a radically different human world had appeared.

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Often, he does so step by step, showing the progression that has been made over time with new discoveries. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Neolithic peoples’ use of language is assumed as well as singing and dancing, since the invisible John Lubbock visitor so reports even though there must be scant evidence in the artefacts found. The facts are interesting, extensive time coverage – I like it, but in form of one hundred pages summary without drifting out all the time.

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. We wouldn’t be following Mithen’s lead if we just bought this hook, line, and sinker, now would we? Jan 08, Scott Davies rated it it was ok. How did they get here? It ends up being incredibly distracting, repetitive, and for me a constant reminder that so much of what is being described is fairly speculative. We h Is climate change real?

Through this fifteen thousand year period, global temperatures rose dramatically though not as fast as they are nowand many of the changes in the archaeology can be linked to the environmental changes that were local effects of this. I am listing it as currently reading because I am currently reviewing it. After the Ice is a fascinating book, and is essential reading for anyone interested in the prehistoric past.

Lists with This Book. Review quote This massive and clever book opens modern scholarship about the distant past to nonspecialists. American Past in the Present Dental linguistic genetic and skeletal evidence for the peopling of the Americas. Mithen spares little detail in discussing how archeology determined the facts of the sites uncovered.


Dec 18, Andrew added it Shelves: He takes you around the world and you really get a feel for the commonalities and yet beautiful uniqueness of the cultures visited. Francois Valla, the excavator of ‘Ain Mallaha, believes that the Natufian villages simply emerged from the seasonal gatherings of the Kebaran people. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

The big picture never escapes Mithen, and he does well to present several sides of some controversial issues. Join Our Mailing List: Even worse is the supremely annoying presence in these vi Well I struggled through to the end of this, but only because the subject matter is so interesting and there are so few non-specialist books available. Also the animal bones found at Meadowcroft are not those of tundra mammals but of woodland mammals.

After the Ice : A Global Human History, 20,000 – 5000 BC

The Natufian people appear to have been quite peaceable as well as healthy. It’s likely the native tribes intentionally dispersed food-giving plants across the forest to help them survive.

Even he admits, several times throughout the book, that when archaeologists can’t find a good reason for some of the strangeness they uncover, the default argument is that the weird assemblages are a result of ritual. All in all, I icd no hesitation in recommending this book. If I had been assigned this book as a grad student, I would have been delighted. This gives a reader the opportunity to check on other interpretations of these sites. Harvard University Press Amazon. This has been my dip-in-and-out of book for the past few months.

He has a fictional voyager he names John Lubbock named after a Victorian era archeologist travel through time and space, observing things around him.