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Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Higham, C. F. W.
Xie Guangmao
Lin Qiang
Title: The prehistory of a Friction Zone: first farmers and hunters-gatherers in Southeast Asia
Date: 2011
Source: Antiquity
Abstract: The prime-mover for the arrival of the Neolithic in Island Southeast Asia is thought to be the expansion of rice farmers speaking an Austronesian language and coming from the north (see Spriggs, above). Much less is known of the indigenous hunter-gatherers and their interaction with the new farming communities. The mutually occupied area, in the definition of Peter Bellwood, was a ‘Friction Zone’, where two radically different cultures met. This paper emphasises how much land, and information, was lost when the rising sea drowned Sundaland, an area the size of India, and brings to bear archaeological and DNA evidence to emphasise the continuing role of hunter-gatherers in the later prehistory of Southeast Asia.
Date Created: 6/6/2011
Volume: 85
Page Start: 529
Page End: 543