The Palaeolithic Settlement of Asia

The Palaeolithic Settlement of Asia

by Robin Dennell
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Cambridge University Press
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The Palaeolithic Settlement of Asia

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.

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)

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, and Boxes xi

Preface xix

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 Last 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

Appendix 1 The Sizes of Countries and Regions in Asia, with Comparative Examples 479

Appendix 2 Geographical Coordinates of Principal Early Palaeolithic Sites in Asia 481

Appendix 3 Geographical Coordinates of Geological Sections and Cores 485

Appendix 4 English Names of Various Mammals Recorded in Asia 487

Bibliography 489

Index 541

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