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Authors: Marwick, Ben
Title: Human behavioural ecology and stone artefacts in northwest Thailand during the terminal Pleistocene and Holocene
Date: 2008
Source: From <i>Homo erectus</i> to the living traditions
Place of Publication: Chiang Mai
Publisher: European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists
Notes: Choice of Papers from the 11th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, Bougon, 25th-29th September 2006.
Abstract: The extensive seasonal tropical forests and limestone karst of northern Southeast Asia preserve an excellent record of prehistoric hunter-gatherer activity. Recent work by the Highland Archaeology Project in Pang Mapha, NW Thailand has produced a high volume of hunter-gatherer cultural materials from these seasonal forests dating to the terminal Pleistocene and Holocene. These stone artefact assemblages are interpreted using a human behavioural ecology framework to show that assemblage variation is a result of variation in residential mobility, risk and uncertainty in resource availability. The concepts and methods of human behavioural ecology provide rich explanations of assemblage variability and overcome the limitations of formal lithic typological classification systems that show minimal and ambiguous assemblage variation over time and space. This approach has good potential for the analysis and interpretation of other similarly amorphous cobble-based lithic assemblages in mainland Southeast Asia.
Date Created: 10/6/2008
Editors: Pautreau, Jean-Pierre
Coupey, Anne-Sophie
Zeitoun, Valéry
Rambault, Emma
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Page End: 80