Archaeology of Asia
Miriam T. Stark
John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2008 - Social Science - 384 pages
This introduction to the archaeology of Asia focuses on case studies from the region's last 10,000 years of history. Comprising fifteen chapters written by some of the world's foremost Asia archaeologists, the book sheds light on many of the most compelling aspects of Asian archaeology, from the earliest plant and animal domestication to the emergence of states and empires from Pakistan to North China. In particular, the contributors explore issues of cross-cultural significance, such as migration, ethnicity, urbanism, and technology, challenging readers to think beyond national and regional boundaries. In doing so, they draw on original research data and synthesize work previously unavailable to western readers.
The volume as a whole offers new insights into the archaeology of Asia and encourages western scholars to pay more attention to the continent in their studies of human origins, evolution, and history.