Monica L. Smith


On her book A Prehistory of Ordinary People

Cover Interview of January 30, 2011


Archaeology isn’t just the study of “old things.”  Instead, we can view archaeology as the study of humans over the long term and how they modified their landscapes and used objects to convey belief, community, power, and individual achievements.

For more than a million years, our ancestors multitasked their way through challenging landscapes and increasingly complex social interactions.  We are the inheritors of those cognitive and language capacities today—a fact that is worth celebrating as we each engage with our families, friends, and the world around us.

© 2011 Monica Smith