The Human Past World Prehistory & the Development of Human Societies

Chris Scarre

A more diverse author team brings a fresh perspective to a comprehensive text

With the most diverse author team to date, the Fifth Edition brings new specialists, new research, and new perspectives to the field, connecting our present to the past in a more equitable and representative way. Careful reconsideration of each chapter’s level of detail resulted in a book that is 13% briefer, but which remains a comprehensive authority on world prehistory, with each chapter written by leading experts on that region.


Chris Scarre


Chris Scarre is emeritus professor of archaeology at the University of Durham and was head of its archaeology department from 2010 to 2013. He is editor of The Human Past: World Prehistory and the Development of Human Societies and author of numerous books, including The Megalithic Monuments of Britain and Ireland and Chronicle of the Roman Emperors: The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Rome.