Inside the Neolithic Mind : Consciousness, Cosmos and the Realm of the Gods, Paperback

Inside the Neolithic Mind : Consciousness, Cosmos and the Realm of the Gods Paperback

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Newly available in paperback, this brilliantly argued and elegantly written book examines the intricate web of belief, myth and society in the Neolithic period, continuing the story begun in the bestselling and critically acclaimed book "The Mind in the Cave".

Drawing on the latest research, the authors skilfully link material on human consciousness, imagery and religious concepts to propose provocative new theories about the causes of an ancient revolution in cosmology, the origins of social complexity and even the drive behind the domestication of plants and animals.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, 104 illustrations, 29 in colour
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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  • Category: Prehistoric archaeology
  • ISBN: 9780500288276



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The authors take a multi-disciplinary approach to interpreting neolithic sites and artifacts. With little foundation in neurobiology, ethnography or archeaology, I was just along for the ride on this book. No idea where this book fits into the cannon of the research it draws on, but I found their thesis provocative and worth the read.

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Another brilliant book by the author of the brilliant book <i>The Mind in the Cave</i>. Williams and Pearce, by in-depth examination of the art of hunter-gatherers, usually in situ, show what the artists believed and how they viewed the cosmos. It is a history of human thought and consciousness, as well as early religions.Beautiful full-color pictures of the art they are analyzing grace this volume. Although this is a scholarly work of very high caliber, it is written in an interesting and flowing style.

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