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 a professor of prehistory in the department of archaeology at Durham University, U.K. He is editor of The Human Past (4th ed.) and author of Ancient Civilizations (with Brian Fagan and Charles Golden, 5th ed.), Landscapes of Neolithic Brittany, and The Megalithic Monuments of Britain and Ireland. From 2013 to 2017 he was editor of the leading international journal Antiquity, and was previously an advisory board member for the National Geographic Society.