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The illustrated encyclopedia of prehistoric man


Published by Gründ in 1980. ISBN 2-70000-1308-5. The book is 560 pages long. It contains 860 black and white photos and drawings and 64 colour plates.

Table of Contents :

  • Preface, p. 7
  • Chronology of humanity's evolution, p 7
  • The genesis of humanity, p 10
  • The cultural evolution of humanity p 12
  • The origins of humanity's development, p. 15 to 118
  • Flint knapped tools - Fabrication and use, p 119 to 210
  • Paleolithic mansions and habitats, pp. 211-274
  • Paleolithic art, p. 275 to 509
  • Conclusion
  • Glossary of terms
  • Bibliography
  • Origin of illustrations
  • Indexes


Book cover of the illustrated encyclopedia of prehistoric man
Book cover

I bought this book in Les Eyzies de Tayac ( Dordogne - France ), at the beginning of the 2000s for 22€. I already knew this book well, having often borrowed it as a child from my little cousin's library. It is in very poor condition, but I don't mind. I still give it a score of 10/10 because this book, which comes from Czechoslovakia, speaks of all European prehistory. In addition, the prehistory of the former eastern countries occupies a large place in this work. Which is rather rare and welcome! Even if it has aged on some texts, this book thanks to its hundreds of illustrations remains for me a mine of invaluable information. It contains some illustrations of Z. Burian I'm a fan of.

We will discuss this in a future article on another book.

October 3, 2016
Yannick Kepinski