The Human Past has established itself as a thorough and authoritative survey of human prehistory and the development of civilizations. Written by an international team of respected experts in the field, it presents a streamlined overview that can be broken down into a series of chapters focusing on individual regions and time periods. The Fourth Edition has been completely revised with key theme feature boxes, a new chapter on the peopling of the Americas, a section on methods and theories, full-color maps, timelines, illustrations, new coverage of sites and discoveries, and a fully updated e-media package, including all images from the book, test questions, and videos.
Chris Scarre is Professor of Archaeology at Durham University. He is a specialist in European prehistory, but has broad interests in the archaeology of other regions of the world. He is the author of many books and has directed excavations at prehistoric sites in France, Portugal, and the Channel Islands. He has recently taken over as editor of the leading UK archaeology journal Antiquity.