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Climate, clothing, and agriculture in prehistory : linking evidence, causes, and effects

By: Gilligan, Ian (University of Sydney)

1108455190 / 9781108455190
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361 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white)
Professional & Vocational  Learn More Tertiary Education (US: College)

Clothing was crucial in human evolution, and having to cope with climate change was as true in prehistory as it is today.

In Climate, Clothing, and Agriculture in Prehistory, Ian Gilligan offers the first complete account of the development of clothing as a response to cold exposure during the ice ages.

He explores how and when clothes were invented, noting that the thermal motive alone is tenable in view of the naked condition of humans.

His account shows that there is considerably more archaeological evidence for palaeolithic clothes than is generally appreciated.

Moreover, Gilligan posits, clothing played a leading role in major technological innovations.

He demonstrates that fibre production and the advent of woven fabrics, developed in response to global warming, were pivotal to the origins of agriculture.

Drawing together evidence from many disciplines, Climate Clothing, and Agriculture in Prehistory is written in a clear and engaging style, and is illustrated with nearly 100 images.

BIC:

HDA Archaeological theory, HDDA Prehistoric archaeology, HDP Environmental archaeology, HDW Archaeological science, methodology & techniques

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