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God-Apes and Fossil Men Paleoanthropology of South Asia

ISBN-10: 0472110136
ISBN-13: 9780472110131
Edition: 2000
List price: $95.00
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Description: Until recently the scientific study of the prehistoric peoples of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the South Asian borderlands has been neglected, beyond some cursory comments in the popular literature about archaeological discoveries. Here is a book  More...

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Book details

List price: $95.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 9/8/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 504
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

Until recently the scientific study of the prehistoric peoples of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the South Asian borderlands has been neglected, beyond some cursory comments in the popular literature about archaeological discoveries. Here is a book that offers much more: a broad survey of all prehistoric cultures of the Indian subcontinent from Paleolithic to Iron Age times. Written in a style accessible to the general reader, the book pioneers a new approach involving the integration of data from archaeological, paleontological, ecological, and anthropological investigations to offer a comprehensive picture of the origins, diversity, and lifeways of southern Asian populations. Complex scientific ideas are clearly and carefully explained in early chapters as the author considers the theories of human origins in Asia and the significance of the fossils of anthropoid apes recovered from the Siwalik hills (the "God-Apes"). Thereafter the text carries the story of human life on the subcontinent through distinct cultural periods from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age. Over the course of the book Kenneth A. R. Kennedy demonstrates that South Asian paleoanthropology has been formed by two intellectual forces: Western scientific traditions and native Vedic traditions. The interactions of Western and South Asian scholars have produced a unique approach to the study of ancient populations in this part of the world. No other book exists today on this subject, and God-Apes and Fossil Men: Paleoanthro-pology of South Asia serves as a model for future studies of ancient peoples and places. Kenneth A. R. Kennedy is Professor of Ecology, Anthropology, and Asian Studies in the Division of Biological Sciences, Cornell University. He has over thirty-five years of field and laboratory research in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the borderlands.

List of Illustrations
Preface
This Land of Bharata
Establishing the Archaeological Record
Paleontology and Evolution
The Aryan Hordes
The God-Apes of the Siwalik Hills
The Earliest Evidence of Hominid Settlement in Pleistocene South Asia
Mileposts in the Paleolithic Journey
Fossil Hominids of the South Asian Pleistocene
Post-Pleistocene Landscapes and Cultural Chronology
Mesolithic Hunter-Foragers
The Skeletal Record of Mesolithic Populations
Early Farmers and Pastoralists
The Skeletal Record of Early Farming and Pastoral Populations
The Harappan Civilization
The Harappan Heritage
The Megalith Builders
Where Did All the Races Go?
Conspectus
References
Author and Name Index
Subject Index

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