The Cambridge World Prehistory provides a systematic and authoritative examination of the prehistory of every region around the world from the early days of human origins in Africa two million years ago to the beginnings of written history, which in some areas started only two centuries ago. Written by a team of leading international scholars, the volumes include both traditional topics and cutting-edge approaches, such as archaeolinguistics and molecular genetics, and examine the essential questions of human development around the world.
Volume 1 covers Africa, South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Volume 2 presents East Asia and the Americas. Volume 3 covers West and Central Asia and Europe.
The volumes are organized geographically, exploring the evolution of hominins and their expansion from Africa, as well as the formation of states and development in each region of different technologies such as seafaring, metallurgy, and food production. The Cambridge World Prehistory reveals a rich and complex history of the world. It will be an invaluable resource for any student or scholar of archaeology and related disciplines looking to research a particular topic, tradition, region, or period within prehistory.
- Uses latest findings, including radiocarbon dating and DNA
- Provides world coverage by leading international scholars
- Considers linguistic and genetic diversity as well as diversity of human culture
Review & Endorsements
"This detailed, lavishly illustrated three-volume set provides a unique, very readable synthesis of available contemporary data from the combined disciplines of archaeology, genetics, and linguistics to delineate the prehistoric record for each geographic section of the planet in 104 essays by contributors from 20 nations … This is a valuable resource for college, university, and museum libraries."
R. B. Ridinger, Choice
Original full black paper covered boards lettered in gilt to upper boards and backstrips, profusely illustrated in black and white. Volume 1: [i-iv] v-xiv 1-690; Volume 2: [i-iv] v-x [691-692] 693-1353; Volume 3: [i-iv] v-ix [1354-1356] 1357-2049 pp. In the original dust jackets of green with black rectangular panels and white lettering.
- Cambridge University Press
- Publication Year:
- First Edition
- Three Volumes
- Leather Bound