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Title:
Human beginnings in South Africa : uncovering the secrets of the Stone Age
Author:
Deacon, H. J.
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Publication Information:
Cape Town : D. Phillips ; Walnut Creek, CA : AltaMira Press ; Johannesburg : Thorold's Africana Books [distributor], [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
viii, 214 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
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Distributor from sticker on verso of cover.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780864864178

9780761990864
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Book

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Summary

Summary

The Stone Age is now beginning to be recognised as vital in establishing who we are and where we have come from. This period has long been neglected.


Summary

In this readable, contemporary account, two of Africa's leading archaeologists present what we have learned about the development of human species in Southern Africa in 150 years of research. Generously illustrated with over 100 photos, drawings, and maps, the Deacons describe our primate ancestors, outline the process of emergence of the modern human species, and follow its development through Khoisan prehistory to the point of European contact. An ideal resource for professionals, text for university students, and reader for avocational archaeology.


Author Notes

H. J. Deacon has taught at the University of Stellenbosch and lectured widely. Janette Deacon has held various teaching and research posts and since 1989 has been the archaeologist at the National Monuments Council, South Africa.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
1. Learning about the pastp. 1
2. Environments of the pastp. 9
3. Primate ancestryp. 30
4. Human beginningsp. 48
5. The first true humansp. 71
6. Emergence of modern peoplep. 87
7. Innovation and the Later Stone Agep. 107
8. The Later Stone Age as Khoisan historyp. 128
9. Rock art and religious beliefsp. 162
10. Khoekhoen and the introduction of domestic animalsp. 176
11. Conserving heritage for the futurep. 192
Bibliographyp. 199
Indexp. 209