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The Early Exploitation of Southeast Asian Mangroves: Bone Technology from Caves and Open Sites

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Title: The Early Exploitation of Southeast Asian Mangroves: Bone Technology from Caves and Open Sites
Authors: Rabett, Ryan J.
Keywords: bone technology
Sundaland
coastal subsistence
LC Subject Headings: Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals.
Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals.
Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
Oceania--Antiquities--Periodicals.
East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
Citation: Rabett, R. J. 2005. The Early Exploitation of Southeast Asian Mangroves: Bone Technology from Caves and Open Sites. Asian Perspectives 44 (1): 154-79.
Series/Report no.: Volume 44
Number 1
Abstract: This paper focuses on the contribution that the study of bone technology is making to the understanding of early tropical subsistence in Southeast Asia. Newly completed research suggests that during the period from the terminal Pleistocene to mid Holocene, bone tools may have featured prominently in coastal subsistence. There are indications that this technology may have had a particular association with hunting and gathering in the mangrove forests that proliferated along many coasts during this period. The study of these tools thus represents a rare chance to examine prehistoric extractive technologies, which are generally agreed to have been predominantly made on organic, nonpreserving media. The evidence presented also suggests that prehistoric foragers from this region possessed a good working understanding of the mechanical properties of bone and used bone implements where conditions and needs suited the parameters of this material. KEYWORDS: bone technology, Sundaland, coastal subsistence.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/17228
ISSN: 1535-8283 (E-ISSN)
0066-8435 (Print)
Appears in Collections:Asian Perspectives, 2005 - Volume 44, Number 1 (Spring)



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