Inside the Neolithic Mind
Consciousness, Cosmos and the Realm of the Gods
- ISBN 9780500288276
- 23.40 x 15.60 cm
- 104 Illustrations, 29 in colour
- First published 2009
‘Bold, provocative, scintillating … a brilliant synthesis of archaeology and human neurology. The authors break new ground and give one food for thought on every page’ – Professor Brian Fagan
‘An engaging, well-written and erudite book, which makes many suggestive observations and provides stimulating reading’ – British Archaeology
‘An adventure in the archaeology of religion … of wide interest to the professional world and perhaps of even wider interest among general readers’– Choice
‘… gives us as clear a picture as I’ve seen of how the people of the New Stone Age thought, of the myths that sustained them and of what they really believed’ – The Sunday Telegraph
This brilliantly argued and elegantly written book examines the intricate web of belief, myth and society in the Neolithic period, arguably the most significant turning point in human history, when agriculture became a way of life and the society that we know today was born.
Drawing on the latest research and recent discoveries, the authors skilfully link material on human consciousness, imagery and belief systems to propose provocative new theories about the causes of an ancient revolution in cosmology and the origins of social complexity. In doing so they create a fascinating neurological bridge to the mysterious thought-lives of the past and reveal the essence of a momentous period in human history.
David Lewis-Williams is Professor Emeritus and Senior Mentor in the Rock Art Research Institute, University of the Witwatersrand. Among his previous books are The Mind in the Cave, Believing and Seeing and, with Jean Clottes, The Shamans of Prehistory. David Pearce is a researcher in the Rock Art Research Institute, University of the Witwatersrand.