The Palaeolithic Settlement of Asia

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Overview

This book provides the first analysis and synthesis of the evidence of the earliest inhabitants of Asia before the appearance of modern humans 100,000 years ago. Asia has received far less attention than Africa and Europe in the search for human origins, but is no longer considered to be of marginal importance. Indeed, a global perspective on human origins cannot be properly understood without a detailed consideration of the largest continent. In this study, Robin Dennell examines a variety of sources, including the archaeological evidence, the fossil hominin record, and the environmental and climatic background from Southwest, Central, South, and Southeast Asia, as well as China. He presents an authoritative and comprehensive framework for investigations of Asia's oldest societies, challenges many longstanding assumptions about its earliest inhabitants, and places Asia centrally in the discussions of human evolution in the past two million years.
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"The Palaeolithic Settlement of Asia is a monumental contribution towards a continent-wide understanding of early Asian prehistory. ...the book is written clearly and should be comprehensible to audiences with limited paleoanthropological knowledge. It could be suitable for an advanced undergraduate level course or simply as a desktop reference for any professional human origins researcher. ...Dennell’s unconventional ideas about human prehistory provide this book with a valuable perspective on human origins." --PaleoAnthropology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521613101
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2008
  • Series: Cambridge World Archaeology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 572
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Dennell is Professor of Human Origins at the University of Sheffield. A Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow and British Academy Research Professor, he is the author of European Economic Prehistory and Early Hominin Landscapes in Northern Pakistan: Investigations in the Pabbi Hills.
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Table of Contents

1 Asia and its place in palaeoanthropology 1

2 The African background to the colonisation of Asia 9

3 The climatic and environmental background to hominin settlement in Asia before 1 MA 35

4 The earliest inhabitants of Southwest Asia 82

5 The earliest inhabitants of South and Southeast Asia and China 128

6 "Out of Africa 1" : reconsidered and the earliest colonisation of Asia 186

7 The climatic and environmental background to hominin settlement in Asia between ca. 1 Ma and the least interglacial 203

8 The Middle Pleistocene archaeological record for Southwest and Central Asia 259

9 The Middle Pleistocene archaeological record of the Indian subcontinent 336

10 The Middle Pleistocene archaeological record of China and Southeast Asia 396

11 Human evolution in Asia during the Middle Pleistocene 438

12 Concluding remarks 473

App. 1 The sizes of countries and regions in Asia, with comparative examples 479

App. 2 Geographical coordinates of principal early palaeolithic sites in Asia 481

App. 3 Geographical coordinates of geological sections and cores 485

App. 4 English names of various mammals recorded in Asia 487

Bibliography 489

Index 541

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