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Chapters focus on the nature of archaeological evidence, stone tool technology, subsistence practices and settlement distribution, offering interpretations of palaeoeconomic organisations, adaptive variations and evolutionary processes.
List of contributors. Preface Michael D. Petraglia and Ravi Korisettar 1. The Archaeology of the Lower Palaeolithic: background and overview Ravi Korisettar and Michael D. Petraglia 2. Techniques for the Chronometry of the Palaeolithic: evidence for global colonization Ashok K Singhvi, Gunther A. Wagner and Ravi Korisettar 3. Towards a Technological Reassessment of East African Plio-Pleistocene Lithic Assemblages Brian V. Ludwig and J. W. K. Harris 4. The Lifeways of Homo erectus inferred from Archaeology and Evolutionary Ecology: a perspective from East Africa Susan Cachel and J. W. K. Harris 5. Raw Material as evidence for Human Behaviour in the Lower Pleistocene: the Olduvai case Daniel Stiles 6. The Earliest South African Industries Kathleen Kuman 7. The Lower Palaeolithic Settlement of Eurasia, with special reference to Europe Nicolas Rolland 8. Early Colonizations and Cultural Continuities in the Lower Palaeolithic of Western Asia Ofer Bar-Yosef 9. Grasslands, Tool-making and the Hominid Colonization of Southern Asia: a reconsideration Robin W. Dennell 10. Quaternary Stratigraphy, Palaeoclimate and the Lower Palaeolithic of India Ravi Koriisettar and S. N. Rajaguru 11. The Lower Palaeolithic of India and its bearing on the Asian record Michael D. Petraglia 12. Lower Palaeolithic Occupations in Nepal in relation to South Asia Gudrun Corvinus 13. Early Palaeolithic Quartz Industries in China Jian Leng 14. The Earlier Palaeolithic of the Eastern Region of the Old World in comparison to the West J Desmond Clark 15. Concluding Remarks: archaeology's fifth big question Clive Gamble