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Brian Fagan is emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A former Guggenheim fellow, he has written many internationally acclaimed, popular books about archaeology, including The Little Ice Age, The Great Warming, and The Lang Summer. He lives in Santa mostrar mais Barbara, California. mostrar menos
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(eng) The anthropology books and the sailing books were written by the same Brian Fagan.


Obras por Brian M. Fagan

The Adventure of Archaeology (1602) 335 exemplares
Archaeology: A Brief Introduction (1978) 284 exemplares
A Little History of Archaeology (2018) 105 exemplares
Ancient Civilizations (1997) 101 exemplares
Egypt of the Pharaohs (2001) 90 exemplares
New Treasures of the Past (1986) 58 exemplares
The Great Archaeologists (2014) 54 exemplares
Clash of Cultures (1984) 38 exemplares
The Aztecs (1984) 24 exemplares
Africa in the Iron Age: c.500 BC-1400 AD (1975) — Joint Author. — 20 exemplares
Prehistoric Times (1983) 11 exemplares
Snapshots of the Past (1995) 9 exemplares
Southern Africa (1966) 6 exemplares
Anchoring (Seamanship Series) (1987) 5 exemplares
World Prehistory: The Basics (2021) 5 exemplares
Bareboating (1985) 3 exemplares
Arkeolojinin Kısa Tarihi (2019) 3 exemplares
África Austral 2 exemplares
Sulle sponde del Nilo (2006) 2 exemplares
El gran viaje 1 exemplar
The Journey From Eden (1990) 1 exemplar
Archaeology and You (2006) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Mysteries of Mankind: Earth's Unexplained Landmarks (1992) — Contribuidor — 188 exemplares
The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics (1995) — Contribuidor — 133 exemplares
Archaeology: The Essential Guide to Our Human Past (2017) — Prefácio, algumas edições48 exemplares
Ancient America (1995) 31 exemplares


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This course deserves a high rating for the quality of the instructor, but it has some serious flaws which reduces my rating to (a perhaps generous) 3***.
  • It's roughly twenty years old and isn't really up-to-date on Neanderthals. More recent research contradicts the instructor's assertion that Home Sapiens Neanderthalensis and Homo Sapiens Sapiens could not interbreed. In fact, current DNA research indicates that all human races share some small percentage of Neanderthal genes (with the exception of sub-Saharan Africans, since Neanderthals developed outside of the African continent). Additionally, Neanderthals (despite this instructor's now-dated assertion) were in fact artistic and apparently had some form of spirituality.
  • The instructor's assertion (and granted, he's an archaeologist, not a linguist) that Indo-Aryan more likely developed in India rather than being imported to the subcontinent by migrants is, to say the least, a minority view – one that I tend to associate with the Hindutva movement.
  • His contrast between Brahmanism and Buddhism in India ignores the important role of folk religions, especially among pre-Aryan inhabitants of the subcontinent.
  • Although this isn't entirely a "talking head" video and there are some illustrations, there could have been more.
  • The close captioning is often sloppy, not coordinating well with the spoken word.
All told, 3***; and I'd recommend paging through the Great Courses library for more current versions of this topic.… (mais)
CurrerBell | 4 outras críticas | Feb 10, 2024 |
True name should've been History of Plumbing and Irrigation. Of which 2/3 of the book is dedicated to ancient civilizations. Too conversationalist for a thesis, but too detailed, specific and wearisome for a general audience non-fiction. The book is an unlucky cross between the two genres. Thus they only readership cohort for this book is graduate students and some geeks of the topic.

Ah, found a book that resembles this one: www.goodreads.com/book/show/18497345-water-engineering-in-ancient-civilizations
Tellingly, it has virtually no readers. I for one was drawn to Elixir by Fagan's name. I wouldn't never have lifted "Water Engineering in Ancient Civilizations: 5,000 Years of History", it's Siamese twin...… (mais)
Den85 | 4 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2024 |
Interesting, but not quite what I thought it would be. Wouldn’t recommend. Oct 2010
BBrookes | 5 outras críticas | Dec 12, 2023 |
Seems like an awful lot of ink to formulate just a few main ideas. Having endured to the end, I now know more about rising sea levels than I expected or desired.
BBrookes | 4 outras críticas | Nov 25, 2023 |



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