Although a small part of the story in terms of overall time, we are most interested in people like us--Homo sapiens sapiens. We arose in Africa about 120,000 yers ago, moving out to the Middle East by 90,000 years ago and the Indian sub-continent and beyond by 70,000. Europe and Australia were both colonized aobut 50,000 years ago, the latter for the first time, and the last large landmass to receive people was the Americans 20-15,000 years ago. After that the last big movements were to islands--the Caribbean and Mediterranean islands were permanently settled around 6,000 BC, the remote Pacific islands after 1500 BC, with places like Iceland in the northern hemisphere and New Zealand in the southern being the last sizeable pieces of land people reached,about 1000 years ago.--Chris Gosden, Prehistory Introduction (Oxford UP nd)
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Let Me See If I Can Get This Straight...
You'd think I'd know these dates by now; I've certainly seen them often enough. But Chris Gosden provides a helpful aide-memoire: