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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Jan 08, Scott Davies rated it it was ok. But Mithen does an admirable job of tracing the lifeways of Stone Age people, and does it in an engaging way.

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

Mithen tries to keep things from getting too dry with a literary devise that sorta works, and is sorta weirdly annoying. Later, when the same data was reinterpreted, a completely different picture of the ancient activities at that site emerged. In the Amazon, we used to xfter it thf untouched by humans until recent times, but we now know that isn’t true. This provided an elite with the opportunity to control the trade that brought seashells and other items to the villages.

Newer Post Older Post Tne. Also predicted are more frequent El Nino conditions due to global warming. That in itself is fine, except that it’s not always clear what is based on hard evidence and what is pure conjecture. I say “prove it”. Goodreads helps you mothen track of books you want to read. In fact, you had the first villages and commercial centers in western Asia before the Younger Dryas, but they fell into ruins even in these prehistoric times.

He applies this name to the fictional ghost archaeologist. Jun 07, Jim Good rated it really liked it Shelves: Thhe is a lot of great information about the ice ages and how fluctuating temperatures affected the food available to prehistoric people. This is what archaeology can do for all of us today. This is a good book, but it can be a bit exhausting.


After the Ice is a fascinating book, and is essential reading for anyone interested in the prehistoric past. These books give us a look at the aftfr of climate change at a slower, preindustrial pace. That does make things less dry 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.

My other criticism is the lack of diagrams. John Lubbock is the name is of an actual archaeologist who wrote ‘Prehistoric Times’ in the late 19th century and inspired the author to study archaeology.

And if you, like me, had not read a survey of archaeological discoveries for over twenty years, I invite you to delve into Mithen’s book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Join Our Mailing List: 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, BC by Steven Mithen

Taking a global approach, since all we ever hear about is Europe, Mithen gives you the full dilly. The fact that about a quarter of the Early Natufians had been buried in this fashion suggested that hte had been much more wealthy and powerful than others. But it isn’t mentioned, even in passing, in any of the chapters covering Australia. In these circumstances a class of people could arise who could control this surplus.

Even he admits, several times throughout the book, that when archaeologists can’t find a good reason for some of the strangeness they uncover, the default argument is that the weird assemblages are a result of ritual. There were no class division’s amongst HG societies, and there are none in those few groups that survived to be observed by modern scientists. His nonsense books, mo …. My motive for reading this book was to learn of Northern European developments in this time period, to discover the origins of my German ancestry.

Glad I finished it, and have it on the shelf to refer back to, aftef I read other articles or books concerning this period of archaeology. It could be a textbook, but it’s written with the kce and pace of a novel.


Neolithic peoples’ use of language is assumed as well as singing and dancing, since the invisible John Lubbock visitor so reports even though there must be scant evidence in the artefacts found. John Lubbock carries a copy of Prehistoric Times around with him, which makes it possible for Mithen to discuss just how much our ideas about the past have changed in the last century and a half and also our attitudes to non-white people.

What had also arrived of course, was the beginnings of inequality – the next thousands of mitheb of human society would be dominated by class divisions. It’s distracting and condescending. He goes over the evidence of early humans in the New World, and notes the the big Monte Verde find, which not only predates Clovis, but strangely even seems to predate people in Siberia. 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 does eat off the land from time to time, perhaps out of mituen sense of solidarity with the locals.

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

Drawing on the latest research in archaeology, human genetics, and environmental science, After the Ice takes the reader on a sweeping tour of 15, years of human history. The goats shiver with fear, then, at the climax of the ritual, the “vultures and eagles” swoop down and wring the goat’s next, falling all about, spent from the orgiastic energy of the ritual.