The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age by Richard Rudgley

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In this book, Rudgley describes how the intrepid explorers of the Stone Age discovered all of the world's major land masses long before the so-called Age of Discovery. Stone Age man made precisely sized tools, and used proto-abacuses to count and measure. He performed medical operations including amputations and delicate cranial surgeries. Neanderthals not only domesticated fire for heat and light, but experimented with lichen and moss fuels. In the visual arts, the Paleolithic cave artists of western Europe used techniques forgotten until the Renaissance. Picasso himself is said to have remarked after visiting Lascaux, "We have invented nothing!" The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age shows the greatness of the debt that contemporary society owes to its prehistoric predecessors. It is a rich introduction to a lost world that will redefine the meaning of civilization itself.

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Richard Rudgley is an Oxford-trained scholar of Stone Age art, religion and technology. He is also the author of "Essential Substances: A Cultural History of Intoxicants in Society" (for which he won the British Museum Prometheus Award) and "The Encyclopaedia of Psychoactive Substances" and the editor of "Wildest Dreams: An Anthology of Drug-Related Literature." He lives with his wife and two children in Notting Hill, London.
Published January 1, 1999 by Free Press. 320 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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A powerful but polemical tract on behalf of prehistoric culture, intended to show the importance and relatively advanced nature of Stone Age civilization.

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