Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Prehistory of the Americas

Prehistory of the Americas

2nd Edition

$60.99 (X)

  • Date Published: May 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521425445

$ 60.99 (X)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Request examination copy

Instructors may request a copy of this title for examination

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Fiedel's book, exploring the development of the prehistoric cultures of North, Central and South America from about 10,000 BC to AD 1530, has been updated to include discussion of recent discoveries and analyses of their implications. The author describes how different regions of the New World evolved, affected by a variety of factors ranging from population growth to climate change. He compares the evolution of the New World with that of the cultures of the Old World. Discussion of the development of American archaeology from the early European encounters with native Americans to the "new" archaeology is also included.

    • A wide-ranging book, presenting an overview of cultural development in the Americas from the arrival of humans, around 10,000 BC, to the collapse of native societies before the onslaught of Europeans
    • Author produces a wealth of data, addressing major theoretical issues. Chronological tables, incorporating details of climate and technological innovations, present an overview of existing material
    • The book is written in a clear and accessible way, presenting up-to-date material and highlighting current debates
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Concise, clear...what he does so well is offer an explicit account of key issues..." Scientific American

    "...writes clearly and mentions almost all the important finds and theories that lie behind our present understanding of pre-Hispanic cultures." Times Literary Supplement

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: May 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521425445
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 174 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 115 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The development of American archaeology: a brief review
    2. From Africa to Siberia: early human migrations in the old world
    3. The Paleo-Indians
    4. The archaic: post-Pleistocene foragers
    5. The origins of agriculture and village life
    6. Chiefdoms and states: the emergence of complex societies
    7. Parallel worlds.

  • Author

    Stuart J. Fiedel

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.