Monday, October 22, 2018

Review: The Neolithic Revolution by in60Learning

Title: The Neolithic Revolution: A Watershed Moment in Human History 
Author: in60Learning
Publication: September 15th 2018 

Genre: Nonfiction, History, Ancient History
Purchase it on: Amazon
Rating: 4/5

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The shift from the Paleolithic to Neolithic periods represents a watershed moment in human history. While many may consider the humans of both stone ages to be unintelligent barbarians, this brief history proves that the humans of yesteryear were just as smart as we are today. Between 10,000 BCE and 2000 BCE, they instituted revolutionary changes in human life. All over the globe, formerly nomadic people began settling into villages, farming, and creating hi-tech stone inventions. Thanks to new research tools, exciting discoveries are popping up all over the world, revealing more about the mysterious early humans behind such wonders as Stonehenge.

When I saw that in60Learning had this new book about the Neolithic Revolution free to read I didn't hesitate to grab it for my Kindle and I knew I was going to read it as soon as I could because this is one topic I'm very interested in and something I always love to learn and read more about. I'm so glad I was definitely not left disappointed but then again I always do enjoy books by in60Learning.

I'm always up to reading about history. Some of you may know I'm a huge history geek but there's something about our very ancient past that just really fascinates me. And this book was a really good read to satisfy my need to read more about this kind of topic. As always with a book from in60Learning I read it in one sitting because for some reason I'm always so into the books that I just have to finish them. Luckily it never takes very long because you can definitely read them in less than 60 minutes. 

For a short book of about 38 pages it does cover a lot of ground about the topic of the Neolithic. You can imagine how much I loved this. For example some of the chapters talk about how the cave paintings in the Cave of Altamira in Spain were discovered, which is known now for their beautiful art of bison. The book also talks about Otzi the Iceman, which was one of the most important historic finds of the 20th century and of course Stonehenge but also other similar sites in Ireland and Scotland.

The Neolithic Revolution: A Watershed Moment in Human History by in60Learning is an enlightening and easy-to-read nonfiction about the Neolithic Revolution. I found it a highly fascinating, thought-provoking and informative read.

5 interesting facts I learned:
  • The Neolithic Revolution took thousands of years to take hold.
  • Most historians consider this revolution to be the most significant period in the history of human development (and I wholeheartedly agree.)
  • Human beings ten thousand years ago, fifty thousands years ago or even two hundred thousand years ago were just as intelligent and just as skilled as we are today.
  • Ötzi the Iceman lived precisely between 3359 and 3105 BCE.
  • Newgrange (Ireland) was built around 3200 BCE by Neolithic people, making it more than 5,000 years old, older than the pyramids of Egypt and older than Stonehenge.

Some pictures related to the book:

Ötzi the Iceman while still frozen in the glacier, photographed by Helmut Simon upon the discovery of the body in September 1991.
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A front view of the Newgrange (Ireland) monument taken from outside the grounds
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The entrance passage to Newgrange, and the entrance stone (note the megalithic art on the big stone.)
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Standing Stones of Stenness in Orkney (Scotland)
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  1. So cool! Definitely not an area of history I know a lot about, I'll have to check it out!

  2. I knew a little of it but definitely learned a lot of new things that were really fascinating so it was a great read! :D

  3. I love it when you gush about these -- it's so fun seeing how much history like this means to you and why you love it!

  4. This sounds so fascinating to me! I think that this is such an interesting concept to learn more about. It's amazing to find out that humans were just as skilled in that time period. Makes sense when you think about it. :)

  5. These reviews are my favorite to do. I love writing down the facts and looking for pictures relating to the topic. :D

  6. I do love reading and learning more about history but I have to admit I don't know much of anything about this revolution!! I need to look into it more.


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