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Read Lost Civilisations of the Stone Age mobi Ì Paperback Ö reflectionslisburnltd ☆ An authoritative eye opening look at Stone Age civilizations that explodes traditional portrayals of prehistoryThe rise of historical civilization 5000 years ago is often depicted as if those societies weY was better than it is for contemporary third world populationsRudgley reminds us just how savage so called civilized people can be and demonstrates how the cultures that have been reviled as savage were truly civilized The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age shows the great debt that contemporary society owes to its prehistoric predecessors It is a rich introduction to a lost world that will redefine the meaning of civilization itsel Prehistory is a difficult and potentially dangerous area to enter even for an experienced archaeologist or palaeohistorian Richard Rudgley has made a good career from debunking myths both historical and prehistorical including in a couple of excellent television series and in 'The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age' he describes various aspects of Neolithic and Mesolithic life that he thinks need clarification It’s all fascinating stuff covering a wide range of subjects from tallies and early astronomy through art sculpture hunting euipment understanding of environment and much The book takes a backwards journey through prehistory a template which perfectly allows Rudgley to point out how much of what appears suddenly in the prehistorical record is in fact based on earlier simpler beginningsOn the whole my feeling is that although Rudgley has a few favoured authors whom he uotes and uses as support for his own ideas he is fair minded and reasonable in his outlook Some reviewers eg here on Goodreads have attacked him for setting up straw men and for trying to promote the notion of a Stone Age utopia Although such criticism could be aimed at the book’s foreword and afterword I think it’s well off the mark as a whole Rudgley is scrupulous with the speculation of his chosen influences for example the work of the American Lithuanian archaeologist Marija Gimbutas which he often uotesOverall an excellent insightful and fair book recommended to all fascinated by human origins

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An authoritative eye opening look at Stone Age civilizations that explodes traditional portrayals of prehistoryThe rise of historical civilization 5000 years ago is often depicted as if those societies were somehow created out of nothing However recent discoveries of astonishing accomplishments from the Neolithic Age in art technology writing math science religion medicine and exploration demand a fundamental rethinking of humanity bef An uneven presentation The introductory diatribe is off putting but the main discourse is usually reasonable A useful collection of facts concerning how some artifacts might describe possible pre historical accomplishments The author presents some of his ideas as controversial that do not seem to be; he is sometimes balanced and identifies evidence that is in dispute There are some good parts but near the end I just wanted to be done with this book

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Lost Civilisations of the Stone Age A Journey Back to Our Cultural OriginsOre the dawn of written historyIn this fascinating book Richard Rudgley describes how The intrepid explorers of the Stone Age discovered all of the world's major land masses long before the so called Age of Discovery Stone Age man performed medical operations including amputations and delicate cranial surgeries Paleolithic cave artists of Western Europe used techniues that were forgotten until the Renaissance Prehistoric life expectanc This is a fascinating important intriguingly flawed book The central thesis is a critiue of the sharp Neolithic boundary or Neolithic Revolution theory at around 12000 BPE a radical abrupt and monumental change took place in the fundamental structure of human societies with relatively little in the way of precursors It's a pretty arrogant idea that we modern humans are somehow ualitatively different from superior to even relatively near ancestors that we have a clear understanding of what was happening at the Neolithic boundary from a well rounded archaeological record that the evolution of culture is concretized in the history of technology Combined with the common mythological theme of the Culture Bringing Diety it's not all that surprising that a lot of pretty uirky explanations are offered for the revolution from abrupt evolutionary changes in the brain to technology purveying aliens It's an idea that needed a good smack upside the head and Rudgely is happy to deliver Unfortunately his approach reads a little bit like There is a horrible worldwide pervasive monolithic conspiracy to maintain a scientific status uo that is wrong The MOUNTAIN of data from many many researchers all around the world demolishing the status uo let me show you it Wait what?But the DATA All the pretty data It's comprehensive rich and fascinating Rudgely is meticulously careful to use research not only from Europe and the Middle East but from throughout Asia Africa Australia and to a lesser extent the Americas and from technologically analogous modern and recent historic cultures The argument for a soft Neolithic boundary a 10000 year period of slow accumulating incremental and this is critical for a credible theory of evolution cultural or biological useful at every stage emergence of writing ceramics food production textiles and other technologies built on a foundation of symbolic and critical thinking abilities and complex social organization reaching into deep time is compellingIn short I wanted this book to be for the Mesolithic what 1491 was for the pre Columbian Americas and at times it approached that masterwork uality but it always fell short dragged down by its own ideological axe to grind SO disappointingAs a much ideologically neutral companion I recommend Nicholas Wade's superb Before the Dawn which is recent 2007 and reaches further back into time than Lost Civilizations but deals primarily with biological and genetic history to Rudgely's cultural and archaeological history