Philip J. Piper

Philip J. Piper is an archaeologist in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, The Australian National University. His zooarchaeological research has concentrated on identifying the transition from hunting to animal management in Mainland and Island Southeast Asia, Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene subsistence strategies, prehistoric island colonisation and adaptation, and the application of zooarchaeology and palaeoecology to issues of contemporary biological conservation. His most recent work has focused on Neolithic and Bronze Age settlement patterning, social and cultural relationships and the construction of sound chronological frameworks in southern and central Vietnam.

New Perspectives in Southeast Asian and Pacific Prehistory »

‘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