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H 245 x W 174 mm

308 pages

175 figures (colour throughout)

Published Jul 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803272580

Digital: 9781803272597

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Ice Age; Appearance; abilities; Environment; Resources; Survival; Subsistence; Birth; childhood; burial; Communication; myth; religion; Rock Art

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This is the first attempt to present a truly complete, balanced and realistic picture of life during the last Ice Age, while dispelling many of the myths and inaccuracies about our early ancestors. This highly illustrated and accessible book is aimed not only at students and specialists, but also and especially the interested public.



Preface – Don Johanson ;
Introduction ;
Chapter 1: Introducing the People: Appearance, Abilities and Disabilities ;
Chapter 2: Setting the Scene: Ice Age Environments and Home Comforts ;
Chapter 3: Our Crafty Ancestors ;
Chapter 4: How to Make a Living: Survival and Subsistence ;
Chapter 5: Ice Age People: From Womb to Tomb ;
Chapter 6: Keeping in Touch: Communication, Social Life and Organization ;
Conclusion ;
Case Study: El Mirón and Covalanas ;
Appendix: The Fake ‘Venus’ of Abri Pataud ;
References ;
Figure credits ;

About the Author

Elle Clifford began her career lecturing in social and developmental psychology, and researching stress and women’s reproductive health. She published over a dozen academic papers on these topics. She then acquired a Master’s degree in prehistory at York University with a thesis on cave art and mythological worlds. In recent years Elle has accompanied Paul on visits to more than 50 of the most important decorated caves. They have co-authored two papers on the so-called ‘Lion Man’ figurine of the Ice Age. ;

Paul Bahn has a PhD in archaeology from Cambridge University, and for decades has been an independent researcher, writing and editing a wide range of archaeological books, including several on Ice Age art. He also lectures on numerous tours to the decorated Ice Age caves.