The Origins of Civilization

The Origins of Civilization

Book - 1979
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Oxford University Press
This collection of essays by leading scholars of archaeology and prehistory examines the emergence of permanent human settlements and the social, political, and religious ideas that may have accompanied this development. Two introductory lectures sketch the emergence of man and his development as hunter, farmer, and fisherman. Then, taking civilization in its most precise sense, separate essays review the evolution of urban societies in the Near East, Europe, China, and Mesoamerica. Final lectures address the role of religion in early human societies, and the development of writing in the Old World. This disinguished and highly accessible collection will appeal to both the specialist and the interested general reader.

Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1979
ISBN: 0198131984
Characteristics: xv, 165, [1] p., [16] leaves of plates : ill. ; 26 cm


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