Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Volume: 43
360 pages, Tables, figures
Bioarchaeology of Southeast Asia is the first book to examine the biology and lives of the pre-historic people of this region. Bringing together the most active researchers in late Pleistocene/Holocene Southeast Asian human osteology, the book deals with major approaches to studying human skeletal remains. Using analysis of the physical appearance of the region's past peoples, the first section explores issues such as the first inhabitants of the region, the evidence for subsequent migratory patterns (particularly between Southeast and Northeast Asia) and counter arguments centering on in situ microevolutionary change. The second section reconstructs the health of these people, in the context of major economic and demographic changes over time, including those caused by the adoption or intensification of agriculture.
'This volume provides the first comprehensive and synthetic treatment of key issues in the bioarchaeology of Southeast Asia ! All contributors provide abundant and useful references to relevant current literature as well as to historical sources in paleonanthropology and bioarchaeology, a feature of the book that will be appreciated by students and researchers alike. The mix of authors contributing to the volume is well balanced. The contributions of experienced investigators with long careers devoted to the analysis and interpretation of Southeast Asian biological variation and population history is appropriately accompanied by new methods, larger and diverse study samples and fresh perspectives offered by early an mid-career researchers !' Anthropological Science
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