After the Ice has ratings and 82 reviews. by Jared Diamond The Horse, the Wheel, and Language by David W. Anthony After the Ice by Steven Mithen. A er the Ice: A Global Human History 20,, BC Mithen states that human history began somewhere between After this foundation was established. After the Ice by Steven Mithen, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Every member of the tribe would have been involved in the getting of foodstuffs. It is incredibly informative about the prehistoric world but is written in a very engaging tone. Steven Mithen has created a masterpiece, to use a fourth.

This was a colder period, with an abrupt beginning and abrupt end. Mithwn 05, Richard Murchie rated it it was amazing. Mithen alternates his dry academic discussions, which provide the serious material an academic like me is interested in, with vivid descriptions and reimaginings of Mesolithic peoples, which provide the stimulation the reader in me needs to become engrossed in a book. Posted by Resolute Reader atter 5: Africa apparently domesticated cattle on their own.

My motive for reading this book was to learn of Northern European developments in this time period, to discover the origins of my German ancestry.

Surprisingly readable given the depth of the scientific research he covers, and the breadth – human activity on every inhabited continent over a period of thousands of years.

After the Ice is the story of this momentous period—one in which a seemingly minor alteration in temperature could presage anything from the spread of lush zfter to the coming of apocalyptic floods—and one in which we find the origins of civilization itself. My other criticism is the lack of diagrams. The sun is a dynamic star.

After the Ice: A Global Human History, 20,000-5000 BC

One other shift in Europe: Mithen uses a device of “taking” a man modelled on “John Lubbock, namesafe of the great Victorian polymath and author of Prehistoric Times,” back through the sites he wrote about earlier. My eyes started glazing over at times, and I think that mentally I came to an end before the boo This is a good book, but it can be a bit exhausting.


This traveller visits the different campsites, caves and villages that have since been found, picks up their tools, helps gather berries and hunt with Polar Bear or Antelope and describes what archaeologists can best imagine life was like. This impressive book stands out as the new standard work.

Even divided hhe regions and why on earth is Mesopotamia grouped with South Asia? Pictograms and Pillars Neolithic ideology symbolism and trade BC. There is a lot of great information about the ice ages and how fluctuating temperatures affected If I had been assigned this book as a grad student, I would have been delighted.

After the Ice

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to mjthen. A telling source of evidence is their burial practice, and how this had changed from those of their village-based ancestors.

These indicate periods of food shortage, often immediately after weaning. Part history, part science, part time travel, After the Ice offers an evocative and uniquely compelling portrayal of diverse cultures, lives, and landscapes that laid the foundations of the modern world. His nonsense books, mo ….

After the Ice — Steven Mithen | Harvard University Press

Mithen’s “proof” is that several vulture and eagle wings were buried along with several young goat skulls near a fire. But for now this is the history book of the year. For example, I know mitgen other books that there is a surprising diversity of indigenous language families in one small corner in the north-west of Australia, yet just one language family accounts for the entire remainder of the continent. Preview — After the Ice by Steven Mithen. Not once did the book feel like a mere list of discoveries, but rather as a journey throughout our prehistory.

Moreover, from the evidence of their bones, the Natufian people were reasonably healthy quite unlike a people being forced into an undesirable lifestyle by shortage of food. It’s not surprising that the author’s particular field archaeology will colour a work like this, but here genetic and linguistic evidence are skimmed over with unseemly haste, and aren’t mentioned at all for many chapters at a time.


And then we move on to Europe and go through everything all over again with the European sites. How did they get here? So much fascinating information, but presented in what is, to me, a deeply annoying fashion. All in all, I have no hesitation in recommending this book. Dec 02, J. Cave paintings were done to help give information on animals of the hunt and wear they were.

Steven Mithen mithne this world to life through the eyes of an imaginary modern traveler–John Lubbock, namesake of the great Victorian polymath and fhe of Prehistoric Times. The World at BC Human evolution the causes of climate change and radiocarbon dating. This is Mithen at his very best! But if you are not putting together a dissertation, then this will probably end up being way too much information.

Neolithic peoples’ use of language is assumed as well as singing and dancing, since the invisible John Lubbock visitor so reports even though there must be scant evidence in the artefacts found.

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From 19, until 12, BC, the White Nile from Lake Victoria was shut off by sand dunes, so there was less flow in it.

If you’ve wondered what humanity was up to between the last glacial maximum and the rise of “civilization” always the most fun parts of the game of the same namethis is the book for you.

As an arcaheologist, I got a perfect overview of this period, learning a lot of details even about my own region, South America. My own eyes cannot escape the present.

The Blessings of Civilisation Past present and future impacts of global warming on human history. Review of hardback edition, originally published on my blog here in October