Dr. Harris is emeritus professor of human environment at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, London wcih opy, England.
“THE FARTHER REACHES OF HUMAN TIME”: RETROSPECT ON CARL SAUER AS PREHISTORIAN*
Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
2002 American Geographical Society
Volume 92, Issue 4, pages 526–544, October 2002
How to Cite
HARRIS, D. R. (2002), “THE FARTHER REACHES OF HUMAN TIME”: RETROSPECT ON CARL SAUER AS PREHISTORIAN. Geographical Review, 92: 526–544. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2002.tb00011.x
I thank Betty (Mrs. James J.) Parsons for her unfailingly generous hospitality over the years, especially while my wife and I were in Berkeley in October 2001, and David Hooson and his colleagues for inviting me to give the Carl O. Sauer Memorial Lecture.
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
- Carl Sauer
ABSTRACT. Carl Ortwin Sauer (1889–1975) is widely regarded as one of the most influential geographers of the twentieth century, admired particularly for his studies in cultural and historical geography. His contribution to the study of prehistory is less widely acknowledged, but, between 1944 and 1962, he published a series of speculative yet scholarly papers that contain many prescient insights into humanity's remote past and the relationships of our ancestors to the environments they occupied—and modified. In this essay, based on the Carl O. Sauer Memorial Lecture given at the University of California, Berkeley, in October 2001, I reflect on Sauer's contribution to the science of prehistory by examining, in the light of recent advances in knowledge, two major themes of Sauer's work: the early dispersal of Homo sapiens in the Old World, and the origins and prehistoric spread of agriculture.