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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There are no signs of conflict between groups, such as embedded arrow points in human bones unlike the situation that Lubbock will find on his European, Australian and African travels.

This is what archaeology can do for all of us today. Hushour rated it really liked it. We can be almost certain that people were not forced into this lifestyle by over-population. A fascinating time in human history and the author is able to give you the impression that you are a part of it.

American Past in the Present Dental linguistic genetic and skeletal evidence for the peopling of the Americas. May 30, Naftoli rated it it was amazing Shelves: Goodreads helps mihen keep track of books you want to read. I am unable to see beyond the discarded stone tools and food debris, the ruins of empty houses and the fireplaces that are cold to the touch.

Drawing on the latest research in archaeology, human genetics, tge environmental science, After the Ice takes the reader on a sweeping tour of 15, years of human history.

The tale is told through the eyes of a fellow named Lubbock named after a Victorian proto-prehistorianwho wanders through each continent over this time period, unaffected by time or distance or hunger, though he icd eat off the land from time to time, perhaps out of a sense of solidarity with the locals.

Not what I was looking for: The arrival of class society would have occured with the ability for a population to create a surplus of food – ie one were more food could be got than required to feed the person getting it.

We wouldn’t be following Mithen’s lead if we just bought this hook, line, and sinker, now would we?

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It comes with a generous supply of maps and pictures of artifacts and digs, some of which are in color What Mithen does, is to take the reader on an odyssey through different parts of the world — the Middle East, Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa to show the similarities and the differences of the people who first lived there.


Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. Contents The Birth of History Global warming archaeological evidence and human history. Mar 05, Chris Jaffe rated it really liked it Shelves: Is climate change real? Another good point about Mithen is that he is consistent in telling us how various kinds of evidence are analysed by historians to reach the conclusions that are drawn. Much of my time was spent boiling down textbooks into study notes for students, like an alchemist trying to extract gold from lead.

Oct 30, Elizabeth Sulzby rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Natufian hunter-gatherer groups were good neighbours; there was plenty of land, gardens and animals for all. Cave paintings in southern Africa tell us about ritual trance dances. It is well worth the read for anyone with a slight interest in any of those subjects.

And then the American sites, the Oceanic sites, etc. Because the further we move into the future, the more we know about the past.

Sometimes, the simple jettisoning of preconceived notions of what one thinks they ought to find gives a clearer picture of what actually happened.

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

Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. Mithen argues that the climactic change that occured with the warming of the Nithen after the last ice age forced such animals into tight niches that could not sustain them, making them easy prey for hunters and particularly susceptible to disease.

Nevertheless, I mitthen this book unreservedly to anyone with an interest in the far past. Several times Mithen writes that ‘warm and wet’ conditions favored agriculture and that ‘cold and dry’ conditions favored hunting and gathering.

This book is not an easy read as it presents a plethora of research and draws attention to minute detail – this is precisely why it took me so long to read. Mithen describes each of these sites and historical developments across sites from current day archeological, paleontological, genetics, geological, botanical, etc.

The author is good at crediting the archaelogists that excavated the many sites that were chosen to portray cultural developments. Absolutely fascinating from start to finish, with a willingness to explore controversy and be clear when he moves on to guess-work.

His focus is on the transition from hunter-gatherer cultures to the agricultural revolution. A fantastic journey into the past.

Pictograms and Pillars Neolithic ideology symbolism and trade BC. There are some nuggets on the history of the Nile.


Yes, there is evidence that the use of the clovis point might have been necessary to take down bigger game though some think that the clovis point was all for show and trade, and not for use as a real weapon and there is evidence for disease and famine signs of starvation in megafaunal bonesbut his argument, that the changes in habitat precipitated megafaunal populations, allowing them to be in a position to be pushed “over the aftdr seems convincing.

If I had been assigned this book as a grad student, I would have been delighted. The pages are divided into sections for areas around the globe: Personally I feel it adds something to the liveliness of the narrative, and may help the casual reader get into what might other be a fairly dry, inscrutable topic.

After the Ice

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. There were no class division’s amongst HG societies, and there are none in those few groups that survived to mithn observed by modern scientists.

Rather than being placed with the dead they were simply discarded with the domestic rubbish, along with bone beads and pendants. It’s the era of the “Wild Nile. Mithen uses a particular device to overcome this difficulty: I must admit that when I first started reading this book I was put off by the manner in which Mithen provided information.

After the Ice — Steven Mithen | Harvard University Press

The author uses a fictional characterJohn Lubbock, who travels to each of the sites named and there are dozens of themand describes what he sees when the sites were actually in use. Occasionally though the approach annoyed me — not least because Mithen is unwilling to let his imagination run riot too much, so we often get descriptions of our traveller leaving before finding out ics how something happens.

I certainly found the topic very interesting, and it was fascinating to delve even deeper into a subject with which I am already reasonably familiar, but by no means an yhe. To take an example, in the last chapter the note referenced as 2 in the text appears as 6 in the endpapers, with the notes in between also incorrect afteg