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Written in Stone - A Journey Through the Stone Age and the Origins of Modern Language-logo

Written in Stone - A Journey Through the Stone Age and the Origins of Modern Language

Christopher Stevens

Half the world's population speaks a language that has evolved from a single, prehistoric mother tongue. First spoken in Stone Age times, on the steppes of central Eurasia 6,500 years ago, this mother tongue spread from the shores of the Black Sea across almost all of Europe and much of Asia. It is the genetic basis of everything we speak and write today-the DNA of language. Written in Stone combines detective work, mythology, ancient history, archaeology, the roots of society, technology and warfare, and the sheer fascination of words to explore that original mother tongue, sketching the connections woven throughout the immense vocabulary of English, with some surprising results. In snappy, lively, and often very funny chapters, Written in Stone uncovers the most influential and important words used by our Neolithic ancestors and shows how they are still in constant use today-the building blocks of all our most common words and phrases.

Half the world's population speaks a language that has evolved from a single, prehistoric mother tongue. First spoken in Stone Age times, on the steppes of central Eurasia 6,500 years ago, this mother tongue spread from the shores of the Black Sea across almost all of Europe and much of Asia. It is the genetic basis of everything we speak and write today-the DNA of language. Written in Stone combines detective work, mythology, ancient history, archaeology, the roots of society, technology and warfare, and the sheer fascination of words to explore that original mother tongue, sketching the connections woven throughout the immense vocabulary of English, with some surprising results. In snappy, lively, and often very funny chapters, Written in Stone uncovers the most influential and important words used by our Neolithic ancestors and shows how they are still in constant use today-the building blocks of all our most common words and phrases.
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Half the world's population speaks a language that has evolved from a single, prehistoric mother tongue. First spoken in Stone Age times, on the steppes of central Eurasia 6,500 years ago, this mother tongue spread from the shores of the Black Sea across almost all of Europe and much of Asia. It is the genetic basis of everything we speak and write today-the DNA of language. Written in Stone combines detective work, mythology, ancient history, archaeology, the roots of society, technology and warfare, and the sheer fascination of words to explore that original mother tongue, sketching the connections woven throughout the immense vocabulary of English, with some surprising results. In snappy, lively, and often very funny chapters, Written in Stone uncovers the most influential and important words used by our Neolithic ancestors and shows how they are still in constant use today-the building blocks of all our most common words and phrases.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Healy

Length:

9h 22m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

22:30


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

27:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

30:54


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

41:27


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:46


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

29:50


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

31:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

32:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

29:53


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

41:22


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

25:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

30:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

29:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

22:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

54:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

42:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

29:37


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:21