312 pages, illustrations, maps
The contemporary deserts of Arabia form some of the most dramatic arid landscapes in the world; yet, during many times in the past, the region was well-watered, containing evidence for rivers and lakes. Climatic fluctuations through time must have had a profound effect on human population that lived and passed through the region. In this book, paleoenvironmental specialists, archaeologists and geneticists are brought together to provide a comprehensive account of the evolution of human populations in Arabia. A wide range of topics are explored in this book, including environmental change and its impact on human populations, the movement and dispersal of populations through the region, and the origin and spread of food producing economies. New theories and interpretations are presented which provide new insights into the evolution of human populations in a key region of the world.
This final published set expands significantly beyond that initial purpose to add significant context to what is admittedly still a largely Palaeolithic focus. The quality of the papers contained within the volume is very high indeed. This volume provides an excellent statement of our current state of knowledge of the Pleistocene and Early Holocene occupation of the Arabian Peninsula [...] also setting the scene for future research to address the new-found archaeological complexity of this region.
- Anthony Sinclair, Bulletin of the Society for Arabian Studies, April, 2010
"This latest volume in Springer's 'Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology' series is essentially a compilation of discrete research papers. Collectively, they provide a comprehensive, albeit repetitious, review of Arabian prehistory. [...] summing Up: Recommended. Archaeology and anthropology collections serving graduate students and researchers/faculty."
- D. A. Brass, Choice, Vol. 47 (11), July, 2010
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