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Adrian Currie, Rock, Bone and Ruin: An Optimist’s Guide to the Historical Sciences

Issue: Vol 5 No. 1-2 (2018)

Journal: Journal of Cognitive Historiography

Subject Areas: Ancient History Cognitive Studies Archaeology

DOI: 10.1558/jch.39757


Adrian Currie, Rock, Bone and Ruin: An Optimist’s Guide to the Historical
Sciences (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2018), ix + 372 pp. ISBN:
9-780-26203-726-6. $35 (hbk).

Author: Kevin Padian

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Cuvier, G.  1812.  Recherches sur les Ossemens Fossiles des Quadrupèdes, 4 vols.  Paris:  Deterville.   

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