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Vanishing Primitive Man

By Tim Severin

A journey in search of the living survivors of Stone Age societies.

Vanishing primitive Man explores the history and present circumstances of ten primitive peoples-and along the way, tells the stories of many of civilized man’s most exotic adventures: his first wary, mutually amazing meetings with utterly different cultures.

Each chapter combines the accounts of explorers whose records form the basis of our knowledge of a primitive people with the latest insights of modern anthropologists. The culture’s prehistoric origins, physical characteristics, social structure, and situation today are probed and pictured, to reveal rich lives of religion and magic, of great skills and casual bravery. Much of the information was unknown until this decade, much is rare history.

Acclaimed adventure writer and explorer, Tim Severin, was born in 1940 and educated at Tonbridge School and Oxford University. He has made a career of retracing the storied journeys of mythical and historical figures in replica vessels. These experiences have been turned into a body of captivating and illuminating books, including The Brendan VoyageTracking Marco Polo and In Search of Genghis Khan. He has received numerous awards for exploration and geographic history, including the Founder’s Medal of England’s Royal Geographic Society and the Livingstone Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. When not travelling, he lives in County Cork, Ireland.

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