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 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.