BOOKS RECEIVED:  Claudio Tuniz,  Giorgio Manzi, and David Caramelli, “The Science of Human Origins” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
Our understanding of human origins has been revolutionized by new discoveries in the past two decades. In this book, three leading paleoanthropologists and physical scientists illuminate, in friendly, accessible language, the amazing findings behind the latest theories. They describe new… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Dwight W. Reed, “How Culture Makes Us Human: Primate Social Evolution and the Formation of Human Societies” (Left Coast Press, 2011)
What separates modern humans from our primate cousins―are we a mere blink in the march of evolution, or does human culture represent the definitive evolutionary turn? Dwight Read explores the dilemma in this engaging, thought-provoking book, taking readers through an… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: R. E. Taylor and  Ofer Bar-Yosef, “Radiocarbon Dating: An Archaeological Perspective,” 2nd ed. (Left Coast Press, 2014)”
This volume is a major revision and expansion of Taylor’s seminal book Radiocarbon Dating: An Archaeological Perspective. It covers the major advances and accomplishments of the 14C method in archaeology and analyzes factors that affect the accuracy and precision of… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Lawrence Conyers, “Interpreting Ground-penetrating Radar for Archaeology,” reprint ed., (Left Coast Press, 2014)
Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) has become one of the standard tools in the archaeologist’s array of methods, but users still struggle to understand what the images tell us. In this book, illustrated with over 200 full-color photographs, Lawrence Conyers shows how… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Stevens, Nixon, Murray and Fuller, eds., “Archaeology of African Plant Use” (Left Coast Press, 2013)
The first major synthesis of African archaeobotany in decades, this book focuses on Paleolithic archaeobotany and the relationship between agriculture and social complexity. It explores the effects that plant life has had on humans as they evolved from primates through… Read More
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