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Part 1: Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory Chapter 1. What Is Prehistory? The World before the Written Word Chapter 2. What Is Prehistoric Archaeology? Part 2: Who Were Our Earliest Ancestors? Chapter 3. Our Earliest Human Ancestors: The Australopithecines and the Earliest Humans Chapter 4. The Earliest Archaeological Sites: The First Stone Tools Part 3: What Were Archaic Humans Like, and How Did Their Society Differ from Our Own? Chapter 5. Homo erectus and the Lower Paleolithic in Africa and the Near East Chapter 6. The Lower Paleolithic in Asia and Europe Chapter 7. The Middle Paleolithic and the Appearance of The Neanderthals Part 4: The Origins of Modern Human Society: Archaic versus Modern Cultures Chapter 8. The Appearance of Modern Humans Chapter 9. Late Paleolithic Cultures of the Near East and Africa Chapter 10. The Industries and Cultures of the Upper Paleolithic in Europe Chapter 11. Art and Cognition in the Upper Paleolithic Chapter 12. The Initial Human Colonization of Australia and the Americas Part 5: How Did Human Societies Change at the End of the Ice Age? Chapter 13. The Changing World at the End of the Ice Age Chapter 14. Theories of Hunter-Gather Subsistence Strategies: Hunter-Gatherers in Postglacial Europe and North America Chapter 15. The Mesolithic Period in Europe Chapter 16. Post-Pleistocene Adaptations in the Americas: The Development of the Archaic Part 6: Why Did Certain Peoples Abandon a Life of Hunting and Gathering to Take Up Farming? Chapter 17. The Origins of Agriculture: A Crucial Step Chapter 18. Last Foragers and First Farmers: The Origins of Agriculture in the Old World Chapter 19. Agricultural Origins in the New World Chapter 20. The Consequences of the Agricultural Revolution Part 7: How and Why Did Cities and States Develop in the Old World? Chapter 21. The Development of Cities and States: Mesopotamia and the Urban Revolution Chapter 22. Complex Societies in the Indus Valley Chapter 23. The Origin of the Ancient Egyptian Society Chapter 24. Later Prehistoric Europe: A Different Pattern of Cultural Complexity Part 8: How Did Cities and States Develop in the New World? Chapter 25. Complex Societies in Mesoamerica Chapter 26. Cities, States, and Empires in the Andes Chapter 27. Eastern North America: An Alternative Pattern of Cultural Complexity Chapter 28. The Future of Archaeology