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Description - Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction by Chris Gosden

This VSI to prehistory will introduce the reader to four and a half million years of human existence. Many of the familiar aspects of modern life are no more than a century or two old, yet our deep social structures and skills were in large measure developed by small bands of our prehistoric ancestors many millennia ago. Chris Gosden invites us to think seriously about who we are by considering who we have been. The idea of prehistory owes its origins to Darwin - suddenly any description of human life on Earth had to take account of a much longer timespan than ever before. What new views of ourselves has this new timespan opened up? Chris Gosden's fascinating new book asks: What relationships did our distant ancestors have with the natural world, with each other, and with the objects and values they created? And as humanity hurtles into a future of virtual interraction and genetic manipulation, what can the darkest recesses of our past teach us about our future?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780192803436
ISBN-10: 0192803433
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 113mm x 9mm)
Pages: 152
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 26-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Chris Gosden

Chris Gosden is curator at the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford, and a university lecturer. His special interests include Pacific prehistory and late prehistoric Europe.

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