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Authors: Bowdler, Sandra
Title: Hoabinhian and non-Hoabinhian
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: This paper discusses the late Pleistocene Hoabinhian stone industries of Southeast Asia in terms of their characteristic tool types, age and geographic distribution. Attention is drawn to contemporary industries within the same geographic areas which lack these characteristic types. It is suggested that all these industries belong to the same technological tradition, without necessarily belonging to the same “culture”. The possible function of Hoabinhian type tools is discussed, and it is suggested they could be general all-purpose tools without a specific/specialised function. It is further hypothesised that Hoabinhian type tools may have been women’s tools, and that further examination of this premise might lead to a gendered interpretation of Southeast Asian, and indeed Australian, late Pleistocene society.
Date Created: 10/6/2008
Editors: Pautreau, Jean-Pierre
Coupey, Anne-Sophie
Zeitoun, Valéry
Rambault, Emma
Page Start: 59
Page End: 66