"Quickshaft was cold, even in his wolfskin rug... He was also hungry... had been for several days." It was winter in the valley of the tribe of the Wanaka and game was scarce. There was only one thing to do. New hunting grounds had to be found.
From a stranger, Quickshaft had heard of a valley inhabited by beasts called mammoths, with legs as thick as a man's body and huge curved teeth. With his family, Quickshaft set out for the strange valley where they encountered the family of another tribe the Uklonis.
How the tribes react on one another and the events that follow are an adventure story and much more. It is a valid and fascinating conjecture on the way prehistoric man lived and developed a civilization in the face of danger and the unknown.
Ian Cornwall, distinguished British archaeologist, has drawn on his knowledge of prehistory to make this story of man in the Upper Paleolithic Age authentic as well as exciting. Background details weapons, tools, techniques for making clothing and shelter-are based on archaeological findings.
Dr. Ian Cornwall is the author of The Making of Man, for young readers, which won the Carnegie Medal in 1960. He is also the author of Bones for the Archaelogist, Soils for the Archaelogist, and a general survey of the World of Ancient Man.
A graduate in arts with a penchant for the sciences, he is now a reader in human environment at the University of London Institute of Archaeology. He worked for eighteen years with the late Professor F. E. Zeuner on archaeological sites in Britain but has since transferred his field projects to Mexico, where geological evidence for dating early man has occupied him on several expeditions. Dr. Cornwall is the father of two grown sons, both of whom helped prepare the maps in this book.