A Prehistory of Ordinary People
240 pages, 6 x 9
22 b/w photographs & illustrations
Paperback
Release Date:15 Dec 2010
ISBN:9780816526956
$35.00 Back Order
Ships in 4-6 weeks.
GO TO CART

A Prehistory of Ordinary People

The University of Arizona Press

For the past million years, individuals have engaged in multitasking as they interact with the surrounding environment and with each other for the acquisition of daily necessities such as food and goods. Although culture is often perceived as a collective process, it is individual people who use language, experience illness, expend energy, perceive landscapes, and create memories. These processes were sustained at the individual and household level from the time of the earliest social groups to the beginnings of settled agricultural communities and the eventual development of complex societies in the form of chiefdoms, states, and empires.

Even after the advent of "civilization" about 6,000 years ago, human culture has for the most part been created and maintained not by the actions of elites--as is commonly proclaimed by many archaeological theorists--but by the many thousands of daily actions carried out by average citizens.

With this book, Monica L. Smith examines how the archaeological record of ordinary objects--used by ordinary people--constitutes a manifestation of humankind's cognitive and social development. A Prehistory of Ordinary People offers an impressive synthesis and accessible style that will appeal to archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, and others interested in the long history of human decision-making.

RELATED TOPICS: Archaeology, History
Monica L. Smith is an associate professor of anthropology and director of the South Asian Laboratory at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of The Archaeology of an Early Historic Town in Central India and editor of The Social Construction of Ancient Cities.
Free Shipping   Blue
Find what you’re looking for...
Stay Informed

Receive the latest UBC Press news, including events, catalogues, and announcements.


Read past newsletters
Current Catalogue
Catalogue Fall 2018 Cover Canadian
Publishers Represented
UBC Press is the Canadian agent for several international publishers. Visit our Publishers Represented page to learn more.