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The Global Prehistory of Human Migration

By: Peter Bellwood(Editor)
432 pages, b/w illustrations, b/w maps
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
The Global Prehistory of Human Migration
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  • The Global Prehistory of Human Migration ISBN: 9781118970591 Paperback Oct 2014 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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Previously published as the first volume of The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, The Global Prehistory of Human Migration is devoted exclusively to prehistoric migration, covering all periods and places from the first hominin migrations out of Africa through the end of prehistory.


Notes on Contributors   viii

1. Prehistoric migration and the rise of humanity / Peter Bellwood   1

Part I: The Peopling of the World during the Pleistocene   7
2. The earliest stages of hominin dispersal in Africa and Eurasia / Christine Hertler, Angela Bruch, and Michael Märker   9
3. Hominin migrations before Homo sapiens: Out of Africa – how many times? / Colin Groves   18
4. Early Old World migrations of Homo sapiens: human biology / Mark Stoneking and Katerina Harvati   26
5. Early Old World migrations of Homo sapiens: archaeology / Peter Hiscock   38
6. Pleistocene migrations in the Southeast Asian archipelagos / François Sémah and Anne-Marie Sémah   49
7. The human colonization of Australia / Peter Hiscock   55
8. The human colonization of the Americas: archaeology / David J. Meltzer   61
9. The human colonization of the Americas: population genetics / Simon G. Southerton   70

Part II: Holocene migrations   77
10. Neolithic migrations: food production and population expansion / Peter Bellwood   79
11. Human migrations and the histories of major language families / Peter Bellwood   87
12. Sub-Saharan Africa: linguistics / Christopher Ehret   96
13. Sub-Saharan Africa: archaeology / Peter Robertshaw   107
14. Sub-Saharan Africa: human genetics / Evelyne Heyer and Jorge Rocha   115
15. Levant and North Africa: Afroasiatic linguistic history / Václav Blažek   125
16. Levant and North Africa: archaeology / Gregory P. Gilbert   133
17. Anatolia and the Balkans: archaeology / Mehmet Özdogan   139
18. Europe and western Asia: genetics and population history / Mark G. Thomas, Toomas Kivisild, Lounes Chikhi, and Joachim Burger   146
19. Europe and western Asia: Indo-European linguistic history / Paul Heggarty   157
20. Europe: Neolithic colonization / Ron Pinhasi   168
21. Northern Europe and Russia: Uralic linguistic history / Václav Blažek   178
22. Central Asia: genetics and archaeology / Ron Pinhasi and Evelyne Heyer   184
23. Northern and northeastern Asia: archaeology / Yaroslav V. Kuzmin   191
24. Northeastern and central Asia: “Altaic” linguistic history / Alexander Vovin   197
25. Eastern Asia: Sino-Tibetan linguistic history / Randy J. LaPolla   204
26. Eastern Asia: archaeology / Zhang Chi and Hung Hsiao-chun   209
27. Eastern Asia and Japan: human biology / Hirofumi Matsumura and Marc Oxenham   217
28. Japan: archaeology / Mark J. Hudson   224
29. Korea: archaeology / Seonbok Yi   230
30. South Asia: Dravidian linguistic history / Franklin C. Southworth and David W. McAlpin   235
31. South Asia: archaeology / Dorian Q. Fuller   245
32. Trans-Indian Ocean migration / Atholl Anderson   254
33. Southeast Asian mainland: linguistic history / Paul Sidwell   259
34. Southeast Asian mainland: archaeology / C. F. W. Higham   269
35. Southeast Asian islands and Oceania: Austronesian linguistic history / Robert Blust   276
36. Southeast Asian islands: archaeology / Peter Bellwood   284
37. Southeast Asian islands and Oceania: human genetics / Murray P. Cox   293
38. Papua New Guinea: indigenous migrations in the recent past / Bryant Allen   302
39. Oceania: Lapita migration / Matthew Spriggs   308
40. Micronesian archaeology / Mike T. Carson   314
41. Polynesia, East and South, including transpacifi c migration / Atholl Anderson   320
42. Australia: linguistic history / Patrick McConvell   327
43. North America: Na Dene/Athapaskan archaeology and linguistics / R. G. Matson and M. P. R. Magne   333
44. North America: Eskimo-Aleut linguistic history / Michael Fortescue   340
45. North America: Paleoeskimo and Inuit archaeology / T. Max Friesen   346
46. Eastern North America: archaeology and linguistics / Dean R. Snow   354
47. Mesoamerica and the southwestern United States: linguistic history / Jane H. Hill   362
48. Mesoamerica and the southwestern United States: archaeology / Steven A. LeBlanc   369
49. Caribbean Islands: archaeology / William Keegan   376
50. Amazonia: linguistic history / Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald   384
51. Amazonia: archaeology / Michael Heckenberger   392
52. Andes: linguistic history / Paul Heggarty and David Beresford-Jones   401
53. Andes: archaeology / David Beresford-Jones and Paul Heggarty   410

Index 417

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Peter Bellwood is Emeritus Professor (Archaeology) at The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. He is the author of First Farmers (Blackwell, 2005), Prehistory of the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago (2007), and First Migrants (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). His book First Farmers won a 2006 Book Award from the Society for American Archaeology. He has also written and edited many other books on Southeast Asian and Pacific prehistory. His current research and writing are on prehistoric migrations around the world, especially of early food-producing populations, with a focus on Southeast Asia. He is currently involved in archaeological fieldwork in Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

By: Peter Bellwood(Editor)
432 pages, b/w illustrations, b/w maps
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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