It's an introductory, broad overview as you can see from the titles of the lectures I include at the end of this review.
It is a bit much. I would have skipped the second book. I don't care for the way he covers later civilizations nearly as much as the way he covered early humans. This is similar in many respects to Sapiens: A Brief History of Hu I noticed that several reviews knocked this down because it doesn't delve deeply into any period.
Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors. This is almost 15 years old, but I was surprised by how current he is.
He has some weird ways of pronouncing some words such as 'controversy', a word he uses a lot. He also has a speech impediment that causes him to use a 'w' sound for 'r' most of the time.
On top of that, he fumbles words fairly often, too. Not awful, but wearing. The most annoying thing he does is assume everyone has the video. He says, "The blade would have been about this long.
I can't hear that. All 3 have an outline. The study guide is highly recommended, but the lecture uses more parts. I looked up "Potassium-argon dating" only to be referred to "Dating Methods" which says "See box" which is on a separate page. This 'box' really should have been in the lecture itself.
I'd suggest reading the entire glossary before listening to the lectures. Dating Methods Four main chronological methods are used to date the human past: Tree rings are used to calibrate radiocarbon dates and to reconstruct drought cycles and other phenomena of short-term climate change.
When combined with accelerator mass spectrometry AMSthis method can produce dates from tiny samples, such as individual seeds. Radiocarbon dates from the past 8, years are calibrated, where possible, against tree rings to provide accurate dates in calendar years. Potassium argon dating is an excellent way of dating early East African hominid fossils, which are often found in volcanic layers.The first parts of the course, on the author’s specialty—human and pre-human prehistory—is excellent and detailed.
|Many populations of the New World remain in the Mesolithic cultural stage until European contact in the modern period. An abrupt period of global warming accelerates the glacial retreat ; taken as the beginning of the Holocene geological epoch.|
|Our concept of ancient history was originally firmly determined by the bible. Written from an insular point of view, the histories of some ancient cultures were distorted, badly neglected or even omitted.|
|Iron Age  History of the term The notion of "prehistory" began to surface during the Enlightenment in the work of antiquarians who used the word 'primitive' to describe societies that existed before written records.|
|Timeline of human prehistory - Wikipedia||Last Glacial Maximum peak at 26, years ago. The earliest ovens found.|
|Prehistory - Wikipedia||The primary researchers into human prehistory are archaeologists and physical anthropologists who use excavation, geologic and geographic surveys, and other scientific analysis to reveal and interpret the nature and behavior of pre-literate and non-literate peoples. Human prehistory differs from history not only in terms of its chronology but in the way it deals with the activities of archaeological cultures rather than named nations or individuals.|
The later parts on civilization are often too general, though parts, as befits an ex-classicist are quite inspiring/5. Start studying Chapter 1: From Human Prehistory to the Early Civilizations.
Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. (Set) Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations & Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations Reviews Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations is rated out of 5 by The first parts of the course, on the author’s specialty—human and pre-human prehistory—is excellent and detailed.
The later parts on civilization are often too general, though parts, as befits an ex-classicist are quite inspiring/5(7).
(Set) Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations & Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations Reviews Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations is rated out of 5 by This timeline of human prehistory comprises the time from the first appearance of Homo sapiens in Africa , years ago to the invention of writing and the beginning of historiography, after 5, years ago.