Past in Perspective An Introduction to Human Prehistory

ISBN-10: 0195391357
ISBN-13: 9780195391350
Edition: 5th 2010
Authors: Kenneth L. Feder
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Description: Ideal for introduction to archaeology and world prehistory courses, The Past in Perspective: An Introduction to Human Prehistory , Fifth Edition, is an engaging and up-to-date chronological introduction to human prehistory. Kenneth L. Feder  More...

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List price: $89.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/12/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.178
Language: English

Ideal for introduction to archaeology and world prehistory courses, The Past in Perspective: An Introduction to Human Prehistory , Fifth Edition, is an engaging and up-to-date chronological introduction to human prehistory. Kenneth L. Feder introduces students to "the big picture"--the grand sweep of human evolutionary history--presenting the human past within the context of fundamental themes of cultural evolution. Written in a refreshingly accessible voice, this narrative of human prehistory personalizes the past and makes it relevant to today's students. Using a consistent chapter format--Prelude, Chronicle, Issues and Debates, and Case Study Close-up--Feder helps students master both what we know and what is still being debated about the complex story of the human past. Each chapter also includes an overview; a timeline of events, maps pinpointing locations of sites discussed, site lists with page references, a chapter summary, key terms (defined in the glossary at the back of the book), and suggested reading lists. New to This Edition * Updated information about early hominin finds, including Ardipithecus (Chapter 3), Homo floresiensis (Chapter 4), Sima del Elefante Cave in Spain (Chapter 4), the reconstruction of the Neandertal genome (Chapter 5), and the spectacular array of artifacts recovered at Hohle Fels Cave in Germany (Chapter 6) * New information on methodology, such as strontium isotype analysis for tracing geographic sources (Chapter 2), molecular archaeology (Chapter 5), and forensics (Chapter 1) * New information and a summary that updates our understanding of the peopling of the Americas and Australia (Chapter 7) * New chapter (8) "After the Ice: The Food-Producing Revolution"--a combined and streamlined version of Chapters 8 and 9 of the Fourth Edition--with new information about China and the domestication of the horse, as well as the complex at Gobeckli Tepe in Turkey * New information on the Olmec and the recent excavation at Stonehenge (Chapter 9) * A reorganization and updating of Chapters 10 and 11, with significant new material on China * A greatly expanded discussion of the roots of complexity in Mesoamerica, South America, aboriginal North America, and sub-Saharan Africa (Chapters 12-14)

Feder obtained his B.A. in anthropology in 1973 from the State University of New York at Stonybrook. He obtained his M.A. in anthropology in 1975 from the University of Connecticut and his Ph.D. from the same institution in 1982. He has taught in the Department of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University since 1977 where he is now a full professor. His primary research interests include the archaeology of the native peoples of New England and the analysis of public perceptions about the human past. He is the founder and director of the Farmington River Archaeological Project, a long-term investigation of the prehistory of the Farmington River Valley. He is the author and co-author of several books including:Human Antiquity: An Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology(with Michael Park; now in its fifth edition; McGraw-Hill);Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology(about to appear in its seventh edition; McGraw-Hill);The Past In Perspective: An Introduction to Human Prehistory(about to appear in its fifth edition; Oxford University Press); andLinking to the Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology(now in its second edition; Oxford University Press). Finally, he is the author ofA Village of Outcasts: Historical Archaeology and Documentary Research at the Lighthouse Site(Mayfield Publishing). When he's not digging in the dirt or writing books, he likes to hang out with his one wife, two kids, and four very bad cats.

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