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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Why expose oneself to human waste and garbage and the health risks that accompany a more sedentary lifestyle? Let me tell you why. It could be a textbook, but it’s written with the style and pace of a novel.

Steven Mithen brings this world to life through the eyes of an imaginary modern traveler–John Lubbock, acter of the great Victorian polymath and author of Prehistoric Times. Within each section, chapters describe the findings of archaeological digs at selected sites which provide clues to the cultures of Homo sapiens.

After the Ice

In addition he provides great detail on weather change and how the historical weather conditions were determined and most importantly how that shaped the world between 20, and 5, BC. Thankfully, I was right. As an example, Mithen gives a fictional account of John Lubbock’s visit to Mesopotamia, particularly the site at Zawi Chemi Shanidar, some time between 11, and BC.

And his icd, for the most part, is sound.

Review quote This massive and clever book opens modern scholarship about the distant past to nonspecialists. He applies this name to the fictional ghost archaeologist. This is a good book, but it can be a bit exhausting.

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. Book ratings by Goodreads. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The book is daring in its scale, not many authors would be brave enough to try and cover fifteen thousand years of history in a odd page book, but Mithen does not leave the feel that much has been overlooked.

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ResoluteReader: Steven Mithen – After the Ice – A Global Human History 20, – 5, BC

But I knew more than the students in the classes for whom I was preparing the study outlines, so there was that, I suppose. The problem is that there are frequent errors in the numbering of the notes which can make this a frustrating process.


Perhaps the most striking development is that people were no longer interred wearing elaborate head-dresses, necklaces, bracelets and pendants made from animal bones and seashells. Preview — After the Ice by Steven Mithen. These indicate periods of food shortage, often immediately after weaning. This is a personal quibble, but unless you’re David Foster Wallace and the text is called Infinite Jest, I don’t get the choice of endnotes over footnotes.

I did ramble at length initially in this review-space but deleted it all as entirely irrelevant. An appendix of chapter footnotes is provided along with his extensive bibliography and an index. At various times he delves into phytoliths and how as inorganic material remnants of plants it helped to determine fauna, why the cave paintings seemed to cease after 10,BC in Europe after a 20, year history, and how wild and cultivated crops developed in different societies and the time of their introduction.

Then global warming arrived, leading to massive floods, the spread of forests and the retreat of the deserts.

Even now I find myself afyer to discuss this abstraction rather than the meat of the book, though I must admit that it accomplishes his desire to both show how view I must admit that when I first started reading this book I was put off by the manner in which Mithen provided information.

If I had been assigned this book as a grad student, I would have been cie. Other editions – View all After the Ice: Well, the chart is a little annoying in that it’s backwards – from right-to-left instead of reading left-to-right. Mithen uses a device of “taking” a man modelled on “John Lubbock, namesafe of the great Victorian polymath and author of Prehistoric Times,” back through the sites he wrote about earlier.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. But it’s just that: He visits the sites that later archaeologists will excavate, describing how they looked in life with details filled in by imagination, pretty plausibly as far as I can tell.

Even divided into regions and why on earth is Mesopotamia grouped with South Asia? That in itself is fine, except that it’s not always clear what is based on hard evidence and what is pure conjecture. We have evidence of animals like reindeer in places that are now far too warm for them. Climatology enthusiasts will be pl If you’ve wondered what humanity was up to between the last glacial maximum and the rise of “civilization” always the most fun parts of the game of the same namethis is the book for you.


The arrival of class society would have occured with the ability for a population to create mihhen surplus of food – ie one were more food could be got than required to feed the person getting it. The subject matter is fascinating. The Harvard University Press edition also has three sections of color photographs. I especially liked his forays into the domestication of plants and animals.

I am listing it as currently reading because I am currently mithsn it. To say I learned a lot is an understatement – I was only an anthropology minor, so I didn’t have the breadth of knowledge that some of the other T.

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

He laments the growth of “inequality” when everyone was getting better off. An awful lot of the sites had very similar findings, and while the author felt the need to give us a detailed word picture of some of the finds, especially all the different types of microliths, I would have found a picture much clearer.

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 te know, and it kinda unnecessarily taints the description mituen each site. It is well worth the read for anyone with a slight interest in any of those subjects. The book is ide in its scale, not many authors would be brave enough to try and cover fifteen thousand years of history An amazing look, and in some ways, seminal look into the very earliest parts of human history.