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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I don’t know if I really like this device, sometimes it’s nice, but at the same time, I’m thinking, this is pure speculation, Mithen doesn’t actually know, and it kinda unnecessarily taints the description of each site. Mithen likes to paint little pictures of life as it might have been in prehistory.

After the Ice: A Global Human History, 20, BC by Steven Mithen

This isn’t the sort of book I read often. In fact, Mitchen notes that the world’s temperature may have gone up 7 degrees in 50 years when it ended. Trivia About After the Ice: Much of Europe was under glaciers during the cold spells.

This mistake is compounded by the decision to give him the same name as an actual Victorian prehistorian, who is also often referred to in the text, which means having to awkwardly distinguish between the two the whole way through.

The Best Books of As later digs revealed, a single layer of sediment does not necessarily contain items of a single provenance. But it isn’t mentioned, even in passing, in any of the chapters covering Australia.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In addition he provides great detail on weather change and how the historical weather conditions were determined and most importantly how that shaped the world between 20, and 5, BC.

Francois Valla, the excavator of ‘Ain Mallaha, believes that the Natufian villages simply emerged from the seasonal gatherings of the Kebaran people. For instance, on the question of the disappearance of megafauna such as the mastadon from North America, and whether the cause of their extinction was disease or over-hunting, his answer is.


Unusual approach to communicating aftrr sense of wonder and curiosity about the generations kithen came and went before recorded history – the author balances descriptions of past cultures around the world in the period following the last glacial maximum as witnessed by a time traveling alter-ego with detailed explanations mithej the archaeological evidence underlying the vignettes.

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

Jan 04, Marc Towersap rated it it was amazing. This is what I felt thd stepping on an archaeological site and feeling the spirit of these areas. Part history, part science, part time travel, After the Ice offers an evocative and uniquely compelling portrayal of diverse cultures, lives, and landscapes that laid the foundations of the modern world.

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 icw view I must admit that when I first started reading this book I was put off by the manner in which Mithen provided information. My eyes started glazing over at times, and I think that mentally I came to an end before the book did.

The absence of seashells adorning the dead was not because such shells were no longer available – they are found in abundance in Late Natufian settlements. This book could mituen been far better than it turned out. Coastal Catastrophe Sealevel change and its consequences BC. We are now again faced with global warming, this time not a natural one – what will be the history, if any, written one day about our struggles and how we met our challenges?

I appreciated Mithen’s making evident how the use of the term “history” to mean written history and what a huge amount of human history that leaves to the erroneous term “prehistory. All in all, I have no hesitation in recommending this book.

Nice maps, but needs more illustrations, too! In the Amazon, we used to think it was untouched by humans until recent times, but we now know that isn’t true. This impressive book stands out tue the new standard work.


Here are a few that I find particularly appropriate; Magnificent, Marvellous, Monumental.

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

This generally works quite well, only occasionally becoming irritating; far less so than a affter of the device makes it sound. On the one hand, it’s deeply informative as you do get a sense of what was going on from the end of the Ice Age until the build up to civilization, and how it varied from region to region. HG societies would have led very much mithrn hand to mouth often nomadic lifestyle.

Mithen’s work is oddly presented in the form of a journey through time by a fictional character, but the meat of the scholarship is found in the author-asides that explain how the fictional scenes were extrapolated from the very real archaeological evidence from the various sites. His nonsense books, mo …. As Europe became thickly wooded, it was easier to hunt and less likely to overhunt. Climatology enthusiasts will be pl If you’ve wondered what humanity was up to between the last glacial maximum and the rise of “civilization” always the most fun parts of the game te the same namethis is the book for you.

He transplants a modern traveller into the past, a traveller who can interact with the physical world, yet remains unseen by the people he is sharing time and geography with. Maybe in a decade or two it will be out of date; and in a century and a half it may well seem to be a naive, forgotten relic of the past like Prehistoric Times has become. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Oct 09, Su McLaren rated it it was amazing.

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