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Settling the earth: the archaeology of deep human history

Gamble, Clive (2013) Settling the earth: the archaeology of deep human history, Cambridge, GB, Cambridge University Press, 416pp.

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n 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.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2013
Organisations: Archaeology


Local EPrints ID: 345367
ISBN: 9781107601079
PURE UUID: 9c62d047-7eec-4d79-8f71-7d97d39bb60e

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Date deposited: 20 Nov 2012 11:48
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:10

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Author: Clive Gamble

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