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Clothing was crucial in human evolution, and having to cope with climate change was as true in prehistory as it is today. In Climate, Clothing, and Agriculture in Prehistory, Ian Gilligan offers the first complete account of the development of clothing as a response to cold exposure during the ice ages. He explores how and when clothes were invented, noting that the thermal motive alone is tenable in view of the naked condition of humans. His account shows that there is considerably more archaeological evidence for palaeolithic clothes than is generally appreciated. Moreover, Gilligan posits, clothing played a leading role in major technological innovations. He demonstrates that fibre production and the advent of woven fabrics, developed in response to global warming, were pivotal to the origins of agriculture. Drawing together evidence from many disciplines, Climate Clothing, and Agriculture in Prehistory is written in a clear and engaging style, and is illustrated with nearly 100 images.Read more
- Draws together evidence from many disciplines
- Contains an extensive illustration program that makes the book's themes more accessible
- The book is written in non-technical language
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- Date Published: December 2018
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108455190
- length: 342 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 178 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.62kg
- contains: 95 b/w illus. 5 maps 9 tables
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Part I. Introduction:
1. What separates us from nature?
Part II. Clothing in the Ice Age:
2. Climate change and the invention of clothes
3. How clothes work to keep us warm
4. The technology of Palaeolithic clothes
5. Changing climates and early clothes
6. Decorated clothes and Palaeolithic art
7. Neanderthals and Tasmanians
8. The value of making clothes visible
Part III. Global Warming and Agriculture:
9. Time for new clothes
10. A half-baked revolution
11. Agriculture and textiles in Eurasia
12. Agriculture and textiles in the Americas
13. Agriculture from Africa to Australia
Part IV. Feeding the Multitude:
14. A really revolutionary revolution
15. Covering breasts and making more babies
Part V. Sedentism and Domestication:
16. Some loose ends
17. Enclosure and fabrication
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