Archaeology of Asia

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Miriam T. Stark
John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2008 - Social Science - 384 pages
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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.


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Part II Contexts of Asian Archaeology
Part III Formative Developments
Part IV Emergence and Development of Complex Asian Systems
Part V Crossing Boundaries and Ancient Asian States

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Miriam T. Stark is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa. She has worked in Southeast Asia since 1987, and also has experience in North American and Near Eastern archaeology. She has published widely on her research in the Philippines and in Cambodia, and currently co-directs the Lower Mekong Archaeological Project in the Mekong Delta.

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