Quaternary Palaeontology and Archaeology of Sumatra

Quaternary Palaeontology and Archaeology of Sumatra

Edited by: Julien Louys orcid, Paul C.H. Albers orcid, Alexandra A.E. van der Geer orcid

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“The Indonesian island of Sumatra is part of a chain of islands making up Sunda and the Malay Archipelago. Sumatra is one of the largest islands in the world, housing unique and globally important tropical rainforests, a diverse array of rare plants and magnificent animals, and a population of 60 million who speak a range of Austronesian languages. As beautifully exemplified in this volume, Sumatra is a place which preserves a distinct and long-term human history, studies of which began in earnest with Eugene Dubois’s explorations in the 1880s to find our ancestral ‘missing link’. Archaeological investigation of megaliths and historic empires carry on to this day. A range of topics are explored here, including palaeontological study of fossil mammals and their environments, the routes that Homo erectus took during their wanderings across Indonesia, and the growth and development of societies and empires in more recent periods. This exemplary volume presents a revised view of the history of palaeontological and archaeological research as well as new ground-breaking field research, laying the foundation for future research on the biological and cultural evolution of one of the most majestic islands of the world.”

­— Professor Michael Petraglia, Director of the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution, Griffith University


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Apr 2024
Terra Australis 56
ANU Press
Terra Australis
Arts & Humanities: Archaeology, History
Southeast Asia: Indonesia

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  1. Quaternary palaeontological and archaeological research in Sumatra (PDF, 909 KB)Julien Louys doi
  2. Eugène Dubois’ work in Sumatra (PDF, 3.4 MB)Paul C.H. Albers, Julien Louys and Alexandra A.E. van der Geer doi
  3. An expedition in colonial times: Some notes regarding Dubois’ fieldwork in Sumatra (PDF, 458 KB)Paul C.H. Albers doi
  4. Dubois and beyond: The historical background of cave exploration in Sumatra (PDF, 1.7 MB)Gerrell M. Drawhorn doi
  5. Geochronology and palaeoenvironments of Sibrambang and Djambu caves, western Sumatra (PDF, 1.2 MB)Julien Louys, Gilbert J. Price, Pennilyn Higgins, John de Vos, Jahdi Zaim, Yan Rizal, Aswan, Mika Rizki Puspaningrum, Agus Tri Hascaryo, Gerrell M. Drawhorn and Paul C.H. Albers doi
  6. Diversity, population structure and palaeoecology of the Pleistocene large cervids from the Padang Highlands, Sumatra (PDF, 1.6 MB)Ben Gruwier, John de Vos, Mathias Wirkner, Christine Hertler and Kris Kovarovic doi
  7. Environments, terrestrial ecosystems and mammalian species: An overview of Southeast Asia in the Late Pleistocene (PDF, 2.9 MB)Anne-Marie Bacon and Pierre-Olivier Antoine doi
  8. Investigating super osteons in fossil Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) bone from Bangka Island, southeastern Sumatra (PDF, 2.8 MB)Pauline Basilia, Justyna J. Miszkiewicz, Jahdi Zaim, Yan Rizal, Aswan, Mika R. Puspangingrum, Agus Tri Hascaryo, Gilbert J. Price and Julien Louys doi
  9. How did Homo erectus reach Java? Least-cost pathway models and a consideration of possible Sumatran routes (PDF, 2.1 MB)Julien Louys and Shimona Kealy doi
  10. Stone tools in Palaeolithic Sumatra, Indonesia: From Homo erectus to the Hoabinhian (PDF, 5.9 MB)Hubert Forestier doi
  11. The rise of the Metal Age in Sumatra: Evidence from Harimau Cave in South Sumatra (PDF, 3.5 MB)Harry Octavianus Sofian and Truman Simanjuntak doi
  12. Across the highlands: Ethnicity, archaeology and monuments in the lands of the Rejang, Minangkabau and Batak (PDF, 5.9 MB)Dominik Bonatz doi
  13. The material culture and heritage value of Lida Ajer Cave in West Sumatra (PDF, 1.3 MB)Gilbert J. Price, Gerrell M. Drawhorn, Sue O’Connor, Yahdi Zaim, Yan Rizal, Aswan, Mika R. Puspaningrum, Agus Tri Hascaryo and Julien Louys doi
  14. Concluding remarks: Continuing the work in Sumatran connections (PDF, 108 KB)Julien Louys, Paul C.H. Albers and Alexandra A.E. van der Geer doi

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