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Settling the Earth: The Archaeology of Deep Human History

Settling the Earth: The Archaeology of Deep Human History

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Clive Gamble
Cambridge University Press, 12/30/2013
EAN 9781107013261, ISBN10: 1107013267

Hardcover, 405 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
Language: English
Originally published in English

In this worldwide survey, Clive Gamble explores the evolution of the human imagination, without which we would not have become a global species. He sets out to determine the cognitive and social basis for our imaginative capacity and traces the evidence back into deep human history. He argues that it was the imaginative ability to 'go beyond' and to create societies where people lived apart yet stayed in touch that made us such effective world settlers. To make his case Gamble brings together information from a wide range of disciplines: psychology, cognitive science, archaeology, palaeoanthropology, archaeogenetics, geography, quaternary science and anthropology. He presents a novel deep history that combines the archaeological evidence for fossil hominins with the selective forces of Pleistocene climate change, engages with the archaeogeneticists' models for population dispersal and displacement, and ends with the Europeans' rediscovery of the deep history settlement of the Earth.

1. The worlds of deep human history
2. The drivers of climate and environment
3. The recent veneers of climate, environment, and population
4. Walking and running down the tectonic trail
5. Three strides across a bio-tidal world
6. Going beyond, keeping in touch
7. The call of the north
8. Eyes on the horizon
9. The human re-union in retrospect.