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The Palaeolithic Societies of Europe

The Palaeolithic Societies of Europe

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  • Date Published: December 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521658720

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  • Palaeolithic societies have been a neglected topic in the discussion of human origins. But in the past forty years archaeologists have recovered a wealth of information from Palaeolithic sites throughout the European continent that reveal many illuminating facets of social life over this 500,000-year period. Clive Gamble, introducing a new approach to this material, interrogates the data for information on the scale of social interaction, and the forms of social existence. The result is a reconstruction of ancient human societies, and a fresh perspective on the unique experience of human beings.

    • Reconstructs ancient human societies
    • A pan-European overview of the archaeological evidence
    • Explains the unique social life of humans by using archaeological data
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    • Winner of the Society for American Archaeology Book Award 2000

    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book is essentially a 'state of the art', a synthesis of work which has been done during the past four decades on European Palaeolithic history. As such, the very extensive bibliography is particularly valuable.' Kleio

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: December 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521658720
    • length: 528 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 13 maps 106 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    1. Pulling aside the Palaeolithic curtain
    2. The individual, society and networks
    3. A Palaeolithic framework: locales, rhythms and regions
    4. The first European societies 500,000–300,000 years ago
    5. Neanderthal societies 300,000 to 60,000 years ago
    6. The rhythms of social life 60,000–21,000 years ago: the transition from the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic in Europe
    7. The extension of social life 60,000–21,000 years ago: regions and locales, networks and landscapes
    8. The Palaeolithic societies of Europe
    Site index
    General index.

  • Author

    Clive Gamble, University of Southampton


    • Winner of the Society for American Archaeology Book Award 2000

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