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Stuart Piggott, Professor at the University of Edinburgh who has written and edited prehistories of Britain, India, the peoples of Scotland, and Europe, as well as: The Dawn of Civilization (p. 710, 1961), here co-authors with John Grahame Clark a prehistory of the world. The chronology commences with the Paleolithic Era; the content describes in detail by area and period the development of the ancient cultures. Old World cultures receive most attention, with relatively light treatment of the Western Hemisphere. Archaeology bows here to history and is its servant, its findings employed only when they offer light on the larger perspective. A highly compressed book which covers a tremendous amount of scientific territory, this imparts a sense of the variety and complexity of. human prehistory. Despite its admirable qualities, the tendency to professional formalism and absence of popular flair that has commanded a wide audience for such books as Ceram's March of Archaeology directs this to the more specific attention of professional readers and students.

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 1965
Publisher: Knopf