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By Andrew Shryock

ISBN-10: 0520270282

ISBN-13: 9780520270282

People have regularly been attracted to their origins, yet historians were reluctant to put in writing concerning the lengthy stretches of time sooner than the discovery of writing. actually, the deep earlier used to be disregarded of such a lot old writing virtually once it was once chanced on. This step forward publication, as very important for readers drawn to the current as within the past,brings technology into heritage to supply a blinding new imaginative and prescient of humanity throughout time. Team-written through top specialists in quite a few fields, it maps occasions, cultures, and eras throughout thousands of years to give a brand new scale for knowing the human physique, strength and ecosystems, language, meals, kinship, migration, and extra. Combining state-of-the-art social and evolutionary conception with the most recent discoveries approximately human genes, brains, and fabric tradition, Deep historical past invitations students and normal readers alike to discover the dynamic of connectedness that spans all of human history.With Timothy Earle, Gillian Feeley-Harnik, Felipe Fern?ndez-Armesto, Clive Gamble, April McMahon, John C. Mitani, Hendrik Poinar, Mary C. Stiner, and Thomas R. Trautmann

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They have also left material traces—indeed, some of the oldest available to us, namely genes and isotopic data—that enable us to reconstruct events that occurred in the remote past. In chapter 6, “Food,” and chapter 7, “Deep Kinship,” we show how ancient forms of shared substance, and habits of sharing generally, are in fact highly adaptable processes that reveal striking transformations in what can be understood as human. Because we share our interests in eating and relating with our primate cousins, the essays in this section allow us to situate human histories within larger taxonomic contexts.

33 In his chapter on classification, Darwin used genealogical lines to connect scattered points of the necessarily incomplete fossil record, bridging the gaps between related species. Genealogy, in other words, brought the Linnaean species of the present into relation as codescendants of ancient species known through the fossil record. The genealogical diagram was perfectly suited to the task of synthesizing the record of deep history with the record of the present. Since Darwin set deep history on its present course, genealogical diagramming (alongside advances in genetic analysis) has only grown in importance, partly because of a fortuitous coincidence.

24 The challenge to bring deep time into the writing of history remains. Attempts to emphasize the materiality of deep time that began in the nineteenth century have not been overtly successful. 25 Indeed, most archaeologists working in deep time have imagined a past that accentuates the Evans-Prestwich-Darwin model. 26 There are, however, signs of an alternative perspective emerging. Biface, book, and bell are not simply markers of time or metaphors that capture certain ways of thinking about time: they are objects actively engaged in its production—not in the way Big Ben sounds out the hour, perhaps, but through the agency of material things, such as the biface that Evans and Prestwich found in April 1859.

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