9000 BC – AD 1000
I picked this up a while back because of its wide coverage. It turns out it is a textbook, so it has the pluses and minuses of that. It has lots of maps and pictures, covers a lot of ground but is a bit thin on an overriding theme. It has some broad strokes but also goes down and shows diagrams of particular excavations.
Overall it didn’t do as much as other textbooks I have that aren’t as complete – it just doesn’t have enough text to tie the particulars that are discussed and also give a feel for the overall history that sticks with you. Perhaps it was intended for a course after conventional ancient history so they assume you know the ebb and flow of Greece, Rome and so forth so a lot of that is glossed over.
So it has interesting bits and pieces, but didn’t make itself into enough of a whole to end up being very memorable.