New Perspectives in Southeast Asian and Pacific Prehistory

New Perspectives in Southeast Asian and Pacific Prehistory

Author: Philip J. Piper

Publisher: ANU Press

ISBN: 9781760460952

Category: Social Science

Page: 405

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‘This volume brings together a diversity of international scholars, unified in the theme of expanding scientific knowledge about humanity’s past in the Asia-Pacific region. The contents in total encompass a deep time range, concerning the origins and dispersals of anatomically modern humans, the lifestyles of Pleistocene and early Holocene Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers, the emergence of Neolithic farming communities, and the development of Iron Age societies. These core enduring issues continue to be explored throughout the vast region covered here, accordingly with a richness of results as shown by the authors. Befitting of the grand scope of this volume, the individual contributions articulate perspectives from multiple study areas and lines of evidence. Many of the chapters showcase new primary field data from archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Equally important, other chapters provide updated regional summaries of research in archaeology, linguistics, and human biology from East Asia through to the Western Pacific.’ Mike T. Carson Associate Professor of Archaeology Micronesian Area Research Center University of Guam

The Agricultural Revolution in Prehistory

The Agricultural Revolution in Prehistory

Author: Graeme Barker

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199559954

Category: History

Page: 615

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Addressing one of the most debated revolutions in the history of our species, the change from hunting and gathering to farming, this title takes a global view, and integrates an array of information from archaeology and many other disciplines, including anthropology, botany, climatology, genetics, linguistics, and zoology.

Early Animal Domestication and Its Cultural Context

Early Animal Domestication and Its Cultural Context

Author: Pam J. Crabtree

Publisher: UPenn Museum of Archaeology

ISBN: 0924171960

Category: Social Science

Page: 152

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The transition from hunting and gathering to food production is one of the most significant developments in all of human prehistory, since it led to profound changes in population, settlement patterns, and technology. The authors examine the process of early animal domestication in the Near East, South Asia, and Europe, focusing on the cultural context of early animal husbandry. MASCA Vol. 6 Supplement

Prehistory of the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago

Prehistory of the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago

Author: Peter Bellwood

Publisher: ANU E Press

ISBN: 9781921313127

Category: Social Science

Page: 443

View: 850

Since its publication in 1985, Peter Bellwood's Prehistory of the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago has been hailed as the sole authoritative work on the subject by the leading expert in the field. Now that work has been fully revised and includes a complete up-to-date summary of the archaeology of the region (and relevant neighboring areas of China and Oceania), as well as a comprehensive discussion of new and important issues (such as the "Eve-Garden of Eden" hypothesis and its relevance to the Indo-Malaysian region) and recent advances in macrofamily linguistic classification. Moving north to south from northern Peninsular Malaysia to Timor and west to east from Sumatra to the Moluccas, Bellwood describes human prehistory from initial hominid settlement more than one million years ago to the eve of historical Hindu-Buddhist and Islamic cultures of the region. The archaeological record provides the central focus, but chapters also incorporate essential information from the paleoenvironmental sciences, biological anthropology, linguistics, and social anthropology. Bellwood approaches questions about past cultural and biological developments in the region from a multidisciplinary perspective. Historical issues given extended treatment include the significance of the Homo erectus populations of Java, the dispersal of the present Austronesian-speaking peoples of the region within the past 4,000 years, and the spread of metallurgy since 500 B.C. Bellwood also discusses relationships between the prehistoric populations of the archipelago and those of neighboring regions such as Australia, New Guinea, and mainland Asia.

Archaeology of Oceania

Archaeology of Oceania

Author: Ian Lilley

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405152297

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

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This book is a state-of-the-art introduction to the archaeology of Oceania, covering both Australia and the Pacific Islands. The first text to provide integrated treatment of the archaeologies of Australia and the Pacific Islands Enables readers to form a coherent overview of cultural developments across the region as a whole Brings together contributions from some of the region’s leading scholars Focuses on new discoveries, conceptual innovations, and postcolonial realpolitik Challenges conventional thinking on major regional and global issues in archaeology

First Islanders

First Islanders

Author: Peter Bellwood

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119251576

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 105

Incorporating research findings over the last twenty years, First Islanders examines the human prehistory of Island Southeast Asia. This fascinating story is explored from a broad swathe of multidisciplinary perspectives and pays close attention to migration in the period dating from 1.5 million years ago to the development of Indic kingdoms late in the first millennium CE.

The Emergence of Agriculture

The Emergence of Agriculture

Author: Peter White

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000158311

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 921

This volume, the first in the One World Archaeology series, is a compendium of key papers by leaders in the field of the emergence of agriculture in different parts of the world. Each is supplemented by a review of developments in the field since its publication. Contributions cover the better known regions of early and independent agricultural development, such as Southwest Asia and the Americas, as well as lesser known locales, such as Africa and New Guinea. Other contributions examine the dispersal of agricultural practices into a region, such as India and Japan, and how introduced crops became incorporated into pre-existing forms of food production. This reader is intended for students of the archaeology of agriculture, and will also prove a valuable and handy resource for scholars and researchers in the area.

Early Human Behaviour in Global Context

Early Human Behaviour in Global Context

Author: Ravi Korisettar

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134828555

Category: Social Science

Page: 512

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Early Human Behaviour in a Global Context will be of use to students and professionals who are interested in prehistory, Paleolithic archaeology, and paleoanthropology. Those interested in our ancestors and their place in the natural world will also benefit from the information presented in this book. Chapters focus on: * the nature of archaeological evidence * stone tool technology * subsistence practices * settlement distributions.

Tracing Early Agriculture in the Highlands of New Guinea

Tracing Early Agriculture in the Highlands of New Guinea

Author: Tim Denham

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351115285

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

View: 603

In this book, historical narratives chart how people created forms of agriculture in the highlands of New Guinea and how these practices were transformed through time. The intention is twofold: to clearly establish New Guinea as a region of early agricultural development and plant domestication; and, to develop a contingent, practice-based interpretation of early agriculture that has broader application to other regions of the world. The multi-disciplinary record from the highlands has the potential to challenge and change long held assumptions regarding early agriculture globally, which are usually based on domestication. Early agriculture in the highlands is charted by an exposition of the practices of plant exploitation and cultivation. Practices are ontologically prior because they ultimately produce the phenotypic and genotypic changes in plant species characterised as domestication, as well as the social and environmental transformations associated with agriculture. They are also methodologically prior because they emplace plants in specific historico-geographic contexts.