Presents a collection of primary source documents, a timeline, and a master index.
A commanding meditation on the development of early human imagination.
Mountaineering has served as a metaphor for civilization triumphant. A fascinating study of the first ascents of the major Alpine peaks and Mt. Everest, The Summits of Modern Man reveals the significance of our encounters with the world’s most forbidding heights and how difficult it is to imagine nature in terms other than conquest and domination.
This exploration of empirical inference in science presents a formal description of the process by which scientific measurements support convincing explanations of the world around us.
The chemical study of archaeological materials Archaeological Chemistry, Second Edition is about the applicationof the chemical sciences to the study of ancient man and hismaterial activities. The text of the book centers on the use ofchemical methods, but also refers to the contributions of physics,biology, and genetics to archaeological research. Subjects discussed in the book include the determination of thenature of ancient materials, their provenance and age, thetechnologies used for the production of man-made materials, and theanalysis of ancient human and animal remains (such as bone, driedblood, and coprolites), which yields information on ancient diets,kinship, habitancy, and migratory patterns. New developments in analytical chemistry and in relateddisciplines, which have contributed to archaeological researchsince the first edition of the book was published, are dealt within this edition, which also includes: * Updated information on the study of the nature, age, and provenanceof ancient materials * New sections on organic, biological and genetic studies * Glossary * Extensive bibliography The book is intended primarily for archaeologists, physicalanthropologists and students of archaeology and physicalanthropology, but will also be of use to conservators, curators,and art historians. Natural scientists reading it will becomeacquainted with advances in archaeological research which were madepossible only by the application of chemical, physical, andbiological methods and techniques.
The amazing story of the discovery of a 5000-year-old body found perfectly preserved in the Alps - written by the leader of the investigation In 1991 the world was electrified by a chance discovery of a perfectly preserved corpse trapped in an Alpine glacier. Preliminary tests showed that this was the body of a Neolithic hunter who died some 5300 years ago. Now Dr Konrad Spindler, the leader of an international team of scientists examining the body, makes the results of his investigations public for the first time and answers a series of fascinating questions about the `Ice Man' and the clues he can give us to the nature of daily life in the late Stone Age. The result is a riveting scientific detective story, giving us the fullest picture yet of Neolithic Man - our ancestor.
Designed for introductory-level survey courses in the History of Western Civilization. The West: Encounters & Transformations takes a new approach to telling the story of Western civilization. Rather than looking at Western civilization only as the history of Europe from ancient times to the present, this groundbreaking book examines the changing nature of the West—how the definition of the West has evolved and has been transformed throughout history. It explores the ways Western civilization has changed as a result of cultural encounters with different beliefs, ideas, technologies, and peoples, both outside the West and within it. Presenting a balanced treatment of political, social, religious, and cultural history, this text emphasizes the ever-shifting boundaries of the geographic and cultural realm of the West.
In this lavishly illustrated book Richard Rudgley gives a lively account of his journey across the continents and back through time in search of the lost legacy of prehistoric man. The popular view of Stone Age Man as a primitive and ignorant forerunner of ourselves is shattered as the author reveals, step by step, the myriad and remarkable accomplishments mdade before the dawn of history. His journey begins in ancient Egypt, where excavations at Abydos have unearthed hieroglyphs belonging to an age before the pharaohs, which Egtypologists have begun calling Dynasty O; to stone circles and burial chambers in Ireland which carbon dating prove to precede Stonehenge by two millennia; to the world's first town, 9, 000 year old Catal Huyuk in Turkey; to startling new research on the body of the Ice Man, the 5, 300 year old mummy found a few years ago in an Alpine glacier which reveals that acupuncture was practised in Stone Age Europe; 11, 000 year old writing unearthed on the banks of the Euphrates, the awe-inspiring cave paintings of Ice Age Europe, and finally to Indonesia where the discovery of the Euphrates; the awe inspiring cave paintings of Ice Age France; and finally to Indonesia where the discovery of stone tools that pre-Neanderhal man undertook voyages on rafts across the sea an incredible 700, 000 years