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Prehistory

The Neanderthals failed to adapt to climate change and may have died out in as little as a thousand years. Are we making the same mistakes, asks Mike Williams.

Volume: 60 Issue: 10 2010

Clive Gamble revisits the moment at which archaeologists realized that human prehistory was far longer than biblical scholars had imagined; and links this to today’s debates about the antiquity of the human mind with its capacity for self-aware thought.   

Volume: 58 Issue: 5 2008

Anthony Aveni explains how the people planning great monuments and cities, many millennia and thousands of miles apart, so often sought the same inspiration – alignments with the heavens.

Volume: 58 Issue 6 2008

Our prehistoric ancestors survived rapid climate change and rising temperatures as extreme as those we face today, says Kate Prendergast. What can they tell us about global warming?

Volume: 57 Issue: 8 2007
Robin Place advocates a key role for prehistory in capturing interest for things historical in school.
Volume: 41 Issue: 1 1990

An examination of an archaeological site in the Lincolnshire village of Fulbeck, by Dymphana Byrne.

Volume: 37 Issue: 8 1987

David Patten describes how the breech-loading rifle was newly used during the American War of Independence and how its founder Patrick Ferguson himself was slain in North Carolina, 1780.

Volume: 28 Issue: 7 1978

Between the years 1300 and 600 B.C. the virile kingdom of Ararat rose to be a large empire, M. Chahin writes, which long held the Assyrians at bay.

Volume: 25 Issue: 6 1975

R.W. Brockway presents palaeolithic man as an accomplished artist.

Volume: 22 Issue: 9 1972

S.G.F. Brandon describes how the earliest representatives of mankind were concerned with three fundamental problems— birth, death and the supply of food—which they attempted to solve by magico-religious means.

Volume: 17 Issue: 4 1967

Robert Gavin outlines how, just as it was about to become the “Sick Man of Europe”, the Turkish Empire showed surprising vigour in re-imposing its grasp upon Arabia to the dismay of Egypt.

Volume: 13 Issue: 11 1963

Donald Read describes how, during the 1830s and 1840s an Irishman, claiming royal descent, became the hero of British working men in the Chartist campaign for universal suffrage and equal Parliamentary representation.

Volume: 11 Issue: 3 1961

S.G.F. Brandon explains how, from the religious conceptions of the ancient Hebrew people, sprang the traditional idea of how mankind originated.

Volume: 11 Issue: 6 1961

S. Gopal describes how, in the course of eight years, Dalhousie greatly extended the territories of the East India Company. Today his memory is respected by Indians not as one of the builders of the British Empire but as one of the architects of the Indian Republic.

Volume: 9 Issue: 3 1959

Jacquetta Hawkes explains how, at an unpromising period in human history, a sudden upsurge of creative power produced the earliest masterpieces of European art.

Volume: 8 Issue: 1 1958

Had these early artists a purely practical aim? Or were they inspired by a true creative impulse? “This conflict” writes Jacquetta Hawkes, “exists only in the mind of the disputants.”

Volume: 8 Issue: 2 1958

The myth of the “Dark Continent” has recently been exploded by archaeologists. A rich indigenous culture was established long before the coming of the white man. The memorials that it left behind are here described and appraised by Robert A. Kennedy.

Volume: 8 Issue: 9 1958

Sir Julian Huxley examines the debates and mysteries that surround humanity's earliest moves towards mass society.

Volume 3: Issue: 6 1953

Certain mysteries of pre-Saxon Britain are decoded by Jacquetta Hawkes 

1951 Volume: 1 Issue: 6

Rayner Heppenstall highlights the problems inherent in divisions of British and Irish history along racial lines.

1951 Volume: 1 Issue: 8

Geoffrey Grigson explores how a variety of views of Stonehenge has surfaced, and re-surfaced, in popular literature over time.

1951 Volume: 1 Issue: 3

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