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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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 miyhen long to read.

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There is a lot of great information about the ice ages and how fluctuating temperatures affected the food available to prehistoric people. I hope this will be corrected in later editions.

And his science, for the most part, is sound. But let’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater. I say “prove it”. Interestingly, he does inform us that the earth underwent a global warming of 7 deg C in 50 years around BC purely from natural causes, more than twice the increase predicted in years from current GW.

May 10, Akira Watts rated it liked it. I pored over thousands of pages, taking notes and distilling the information down into outline form for an upcoming survey class that Dr. Moreover, from the evidence of their bones, the Natufian people were reasonably healthy quite unlike a people being forced into an undesirable lifestyle by shortage of food.

Part history, part science, part time travel, After the Ice offers an evocative and uniquely compelling portrayal of diverse cultures, lives, and landscapes that laid the foundations of the modern world.

In comparison, the rest of the year, when people lived in small far-flung groups, was rather dull.

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The cave painting era ended after 10, years as the climate changed. It’s all great fun, and regular asides give us the archeologist’s view of the site also. Couldn’t Mithen just have attempted day-in-the-life descriptions of life back then without this odd devise? Indo-Europeans from the Hungarian plains are credited with bringing the agricultural revolution to Europe, not by conquest but by infiltration.

The first John Lubbock was a Victorian archaeologist who brought some needed scientific rigor to the archaeological field. Aug 07, Saschki rated it it was amazing. Come to think of it, my reading of Marshack’s book probably led me to want to minor in Anthropology.

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

Mithen takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of human life across the globe between 20, and BCE, a period known as the Mesolithic, or Middle Stone Age. HG societies mirhen have led very much a hand to mouth often nomadic lifestyle.

I appreciated Mithen’s making evident how the use of the term “history” to mean written history and what a huge amount of human history that leaves to the erroneous term “prehistory. The fact that about a quarter of the Early Natufians had been buried in this fashion suggested that some had mkthen much more wealthy and powerful than others.

By 5, BC a radically different human world had mighen. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. May 28, Forrest rated it really liked it. Maybe he is right, but it is not his subject, and I am tired of being lectured on this subject.

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After the Ice — Steven Mithen | Harvard University Press

Paperbackpages. So when I first heard of this book, I thought it might be a good survey for filling in those “gap years” between the years covered by Marshack and Gimbutas.

View all 7 comments. Much of my time was spent boiling down textbooks into study notes for students, like an alchemist trying to extract gold from lead.


I don’t know if I really like this device, sometimes it’s nice, but at the same time, I’m thinking, this is pure speculation, Mithen doesn’t actually know, and it kinda unnecessarily taints the description of each si One thing about this book i find odd is a fictional character called John Lubbock, named after a real person, who ‘visits’ each of the archeological sites.

This mistake is compounded by the decision to give him the same name as an actual Victorian prehistorian, who is also often referred to in the text, which means having to awkwardly distinguish between the two the whole way through. He uses a fictional character to ‘experience’ as a ghost in a time-travel story an imagining of how the discovered artifacts were produced in order to bring the sites to life.

They can serve as a benchmark of the dark side of what our achievements have brought.

The original inhabitants adopted the agricultural practices, maybe not as peacefully as the author implies. Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time.

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.

Recommended for anyone wanting to be more up to speed about the time between the last Ice Age c 20, BC and the beginning of “civilization” c BC.