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The Palaeolithic Societies of Europe

The Palaeolithic Societies of Europe

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

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  • Palaeolithic societies have been a neglected topic in the discussion of human origins. In this book, which succeeds and replaces The Palaeolithic Settlement of Europe, published by Cambridge University Press in 1986, Clive Gamble challenges the established view that the social life of Europeans over the 500,000 years of the European Palaeolithic must remain a mystery. In the past forty years archaeologists have recovered a wealth of information from sites throughout the continent. Professor Gamble now introduces a new approach to this material. He examines the archaeological evidence from stone tools, hunting and campsites for information on the scale of social interaction, and the forms of social life. Taking a pan-European view of the archaeological evidence, he reconstructs ancient human societies, and introduces new perspectives on the unique social 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

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    '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: October 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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