The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age
By (author) Richard Rudgley
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Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age by Richard Rudgley
Book DescriptionAn authoritative, eye-opening look at Stone Age civilizations that explodes traditional portrayals of prehistory The rise of historical civilization 5,000 years ago is often depicted as if those societies were somehow created out of nothing. However, recent discoveries of astonishing accomplishments from the Neolithic Age -- in art, technology, writing, math, science, religion, medicine and exploration -- demand a fundamental rethinking of humanity before the dawn of written history. In this fascinating book, Richard Rudgley describes how * The intrepid explorers of the Stone Age discovered all of the world's major land masses long before the so-called Age of Discovery * Stone Age man performed medical operations, including amputations and delicate cranial surgeries * Paleolithic cave artists of Western Europe used techniques that were forgotten until the Renaissance * Prehistoric life expectancy was better than it is for contemporary third-world populations Rudgley reminds us just how savage so-called civilized people can be, and demonstrates how the cultures that have been reviled as savage were truly civilized. "The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age" shows the great debt that contemporary society owes to its prehistoric predecessors. It is a rich introduction to a lost world that will redefine the meaning of civilization itself.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780684862705
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United States
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This work presents Stone Age civilization as far more sophisticated than previously believed in terms of its technology, mathematics, medicine, communications (which were worldwide) and art. The author attempts to re-establish Rousseau's notion of the "Noble Savage".
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Author Biography - Richard Rudgley
Richard Rudgley is an Oxford-trained scholar of Stone Age art, religion and technology. He is also the author of "Essential Substances: A Cultural History of Intoxicants in Society" (for which he won the British Museum Prometheus Award) and "The Encyclopaedia of Psychoactive Substances" and the editor of "Wildest Dreams: An Anthology of Drug-Related Literature." He lives with his wife and two children in Notting Hill, London.
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