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Introduction 1: When does prehistory start and end? 2: What use is prehistory? 3: In the beginning - African origins 4: The end of the beginning - the establishment of human groups in Europe and Asia 5: Continental fusion - the creation of connected communities across Europe and Asia 6: New worlds - the Americas, Australia and the Pacific 7: Final thoughts References Further reading Index

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Chris Gosden is Professor of European Archaeology at Oxford. He has written and edited a number of books on the history of the Pitt Rivers, on Celtic art and reporting on major excavations. He is currently directing the English Landscape and Identities project looking at the history of the English Landscape from 1500 BC to AD 1088 (funded by the ERC), and the European Celtic Art in Context project, exploring Celtic art and its eastern connections (funded by the Leverhulme Trust). He is also finishing a project on the English Collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum (funded by the ESRC).


A brilliant exposition of prehistory in all its variety - thoughtful and wide-ranging. * Barry Cunliffe *
Challenging, authoritative and with a world vision, Chris Gosdens Prehistory provides the foundations for a twenty first century archaeology. There is no better place to start the journey into deep human history than this concise celebration of the importance of long term history by one of the worlds leading archaeologists. * Professor Clive Gamble, Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton *

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