Book Details

  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $82.00
  • January 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-500-29335-5
  • 768 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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    A comprehensive and indispensable guide to world prehistory, now completely updated

    The Human Past has established itself as a thorough and authoritative survey of human prehistory and the development of civilizations. Written by an international team of respected experts in the field, it presents a streamlined overview that can be broken down into a series of chapters focusing on individual regions and time periods. The Fourth Edition has been completely revised with key theme feature boxes, a new chapter on the peopling of the Americas, a section on methods and theories, full-color maps, timelines, illustrations, new coverage of sites and discoveries, and a fully updated e-media package, including all images from the book, test questions, and videos.


    NEW Key Themes Draw Connections across Regions and Periods

    In response to reviewer feedback, the text now features a more thematic approach. NEW boxes feature five Key Themes. By connecting the chapters and global regions, the text encourages big-picture thinking. 

    Streamlined Text and Color Images Increase Accessibility

    In response to reviewer advice, chapter length was reduced by 10%. Any excessive detail was removed from the timelines and charts. Finally, a stunning, full-color art program enlivens the material with clearer diagrams and compelling photographs. These images are available as JPEGs and as PowerPoints. 

    Authoritative Coverage of Each Global Region

    With geographically defined chapters written by expert authors, The Human Past is already recognized for its global scope. This strength is enhanced in the Fourth Edition by expanded coverage of North and South America. 

    Material from The Key Methods boxes that appeared in previous editions has been consolidated into an introductory primer on archaeological methods and practices. This makes it simpler for instructors to prime students on how we know before diving into what we know.

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