New Perspectives in Southeast Asian and Pacific Prehistory

New Perspectives in Southeast Asian and Pacific Prehistory

Edited by: Philip J. Piper, Hirofumi Matsumura, David Bulbeck orcid

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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


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Mar 2017
Terra Australis 45
ANU Press
Terra Australis
Arts & Humanities: Archaeology, History, Linguistics; Social Sciences: Anthropology
East Asia: China, Japan; Pacific; Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Vietnam

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  1. Professor Peter Bellwood’s Ongoing Journey in Archaeology (PDF, 2.5MB)Hsiao-chun Hung doi
  2. Initial Movements of Modern Humans in East Eurasia (PDF, 0.2MB)Naruya Saitou, Timothy A. Jinam, Hideaki Kanzawa-Kiriyama and Katsushi Tokunaga doi
  3. Ancient DNA Analysis of Palaeolithic Ryukyu Islanders (PDF, 0.3MB)Ken-ichi Shinoda and Noboru Adachi doi
  4. Mid-Holocene Hunter-Gatherers ‘Gaomiao’ in Hunan, China: The First of the Two-layer Model in the Population History of East/Southeast Asia (PDF, 0.8MB)Hirofumi Matsumura, Hsiao-chun Hung, Nguyen Lan Cuong, Ya-feng Zhao, Gang He and Zhang Chi doi
  5. Using Dental Metrical Analysis to Determine the Terminal Pleistocene and Holocene Population History of Java (PDF, 1.0MB)Sofwan Noerwidi doi
  6. Terminal Pleistocene and Early Holocene Human Occupation in the Rainforests of East Kalimantan (PDF, 0.8MB)Karina Arifin doi
  7. Understanding the Callao Cave Depositional History (PDF, 0.8MB)Armand Salvador Mijares doi
  8. Traditions of Jars as Mortuary Containers in the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago (PDF, 0.7MB)David Bulbeck doi
  9. An Son Ceramics in the Neolithic Landscape of Mainland Southeast Asia (PDF, 0.8MB)Carmen Sarjeant doi
  10. The Ryukyu Islands and the Northern Frontier of Prehistoric Austronesian Settlement (PDF, 0.5MB)Mark J. Hudson doi
  11. The Western Route Migration: A Second Probable Neolithic Diffusion to Indonesia (PDF, 0.7MB)Truman Simanjuntak doi
  12. Enter the Ceramic Matrix: Identifying the Nature of the Early Austronesian Settlement in the Cagayan Valley, Philippines (PDF, 0.8MB)Helen Heath, Glenn R. Summerhayes and Hsiao-chun Hung doi
  13. Colonisation and/or Cultural Contacts: A Discussion of the Western Micronesian Case (PDF, 0.3MB)Michiko Intoh doi
  14. Integrating Experimental Archaeology, Phytolith Analysis and Ethnographic Fieldwork to Study the Origin of Farming in China (PDF, 0.3MB)Tracey L.-D. Lu doi
  15. The Origins and Arrival of the Earliest Domestic Animals in Mainland and Island Southeast Asia: A Developing Story of Complexity (PDF, 0.5MB)Philip J. Piper doi
  16. Historical Linguistics and Archaeology: An Uneasy Alliance (PDF, 0.2MB)Robert Blust doi
  17. Were the First Lapita Colonisers of Remote Oceania Farmers as Well as Foragers? (PDF, 0.2MB)Andrew Pawley doi
  18. The Sa Huynh Culture in Ancient Regional Trade Networks: A Comparative Study of Ornaments (PDF, 0.8MB)Nguyen Kim Dung doi
  19. Austronesian Migration to Central Vietnam: Crossing over the Iron Age Southeast Asian Sea (PDF, 1.1MB)Mariko Yamagata and Hirofumi Matsumura doi
  20. Matting Impressions from Lo Gach: Materiality at Floor Level (PDF, 0.6MB)Judith Cameron doi
  21. The Prehistoric House: A Missing Factor in Southeast Asia (PDF, 1.4MB)Charles Higham doi

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