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The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Hunter-Gatherers

ISBN : 9780199551224

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Author: 
Vicki Cummings; Peter Jordan; Marek Zvelebil
Pages
1360 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
181 x 253 mm
Pub date
May 2014
Series
Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology
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For more than a century, the study of hunting and gathering societies has been central to the development of both archaeology and anthropology as academic disciplines, and has also generated widespread public interest and debate. The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Hunter-Gatherers provides a comprehensive review of hunter-gatherer studies to date, including critical engagements with older debates, new theoretical perspectives, and renewed obligations for greater engagement between researchers and indigenous communities. Chapters provide in-depth archaeological, historical, and anthropological case-studies, and examine far-reaching questions about human social relations, attitudes to technology, ecology, and management of resources and the environment, as well as issues of diet, health, and gender relations - all central topics in hunter-gatherer research, but also themes that have great relevance for modern global society and its future challenges. The Handbook also provides a strategic vision for how the integration of new methods, approaches, and study regions can ensure that future research into the archaeology and anthropology of hunter-gatherers will continue to deliver penetrating insights into the factors that underlie all human diversity.

Index: 

List of Contributors
List of Figures
List of Tables
Introduction: the Oxford handbook of the archaeology and anthropology of hunter-gatherers
PART I: THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS
1. Analytical frames of reference in hunter-gatherer research
2. Defining hunter-gatherers: Enlightenment, Romantic and social evolutionary perspectives
3. Historical frames of reference for 'hunter-gatherers'
4. Adaptive and ecological approaches to the study of hunter-gatherers
5. Historical and humanist perspectives on hunter-gatherers
6. Hunter-gatherer-fishers, ethnoarchaeology and analogical reasoning
7. Man the hunter, woman the gatherer? The impact of gender studies on hunter-gatherer research (a retrospective)
PART II: THE EARLIEST HUNTER-GATHERERS
8. Introduction: the first hunter-gatherers
9. The Neanderthals: evolution, paleoecology and extinction
10. Modern human origins in Africa: a review of the fossil, archaeological, and genetic perspectives on early Homo sapiens
11. Upper Palaeolithic hunters-gatherers in western Asia
12. The European Upper Palaeolithic
13. The Palaeolithic of northern Asia
14. Homo sapiens societies: South Asia
15. Homo sapiens societies in Indonesia and south-eastern Asia
16. Hunter-gatherers in Australia: deep histories of continuity and change
17. Into the Americas: the earliest hunter-gatherers in an empty continent
PART III: POST-GLACIAL COLONIZATIONS AND TRANSFORMATIONS
18. Hunter-gatherers in the post-glacial world
19. Post-glacial transformations among hunter-gatherer societies in the Mediterranean and western Asia
20. Post-glacial transformations in Africa
21. Post-glacial transformations in south and south-east Asia
22. Post-Pleistocene transformations of hunter-gatherers in east Asia: the Jomon and Chulmun
23. Post-glacial transformations: Danubian Europe
24. Transformations? The Mesolithic of north-west Europe
25. The resettlement of northern Europe
PART IV: PREHISTORIC HUNTER-GATHERER INNOVATIONS
26. Prehistoric hunter-gatherer innovations
27. Stone tool technology
28. Art for the living
29. Social complexity
30. Ceramic technology
31. Coastal adaptations
32. Mortuary practices
33. Plant domestications
34. Animal domestications
PART V: THE PERSISTENCE OF HUNTING AND GATHERING AMONGST FARMERS IN PREHISTORY AND BEYOND
35. Hunting and gathering in a farmers' world
36. The persistence of hunting and gathering: Neolithic western temperate and central Europe
37. The persistence of hunting and gathering amongst farmers in prehistory in Neolithic north-west Europe
38. The continuity of hunting and gathering in the Neolithic and beyond in Britain and Ireland
39. Forager-farmer contacts in northern Fennoscandinavia
40. The persistence of hunting and gathering amongst farmers in south-east Asia in prehistory and beyond
41. The emergence of forager-farmer interaction in North America
PART VI: ETHNOHISTORY AND ANTHROPOLOGY OF 'MODERN' HUNTER-GATHERERS
42. The ethnohistory and anthropology of 'modern' hunter gatherers
43. Hunter-gatherer research traditions in southern Africa
44. Central African hunter-gatherer research traditions
45. Regional hunter-gatherer research traditions: Australia
46. From ethnohistory to ethnogenesis: a historiography of hunter-gatherer cultural anthropology in the California and the Great Basin
47. Exploring hunter-gatherer-fisher complexity on the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America
48. Regional hunter-gatherer traditions in south-east Asia
49. Regional hunter-gatherer research traditions: South America
50. The ethnohistory and anthropology of 'modern' hunter-gatherers: North Japan
51. Hunter-gatherer transformations in northern Europe after 1500 AD
PART VII: FUTURE DIRECTIONS IN HUNTER-GATHERER RESEARCH
52. New approaches in the study of hunter-gatherers
53. Future directions in hunter-gatherer research: technology
54. Cultural transmission theory and hunter-gatherer archaeology
55. Archaeogenetics of Africa and of the African hunter-gatherers
56. Landscapes of mobility: the flow of place
57. Personhood and social relations
58. Materials, biographies, identities, experiences: new approaches to materials in hunter-gatherer studies
59. Hunter-gatherer religion and ritual
60. Hunter-gatherer gender and identity
61. Hunter-gatherer diet, subsistence and foodways

About the author: 

Vicki Cummings is Reader in Archaeology at the University of Central Lancashire.; Peter Jordan is Director of the Arctic Centre at the University of Groningen.; Marek Zvelebil was Professor of European Prehistory at the University of Sheffield.

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