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Culture History of the Toalean of South Sulawesi, Indonesia

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Title:Culture History of the Toalean of South Sulawesi, Indonesia
Authors:Bulbeck, David
Pasqua, Monique
Di Lello, Adrian
South Sulawesi
LC Subject Headings:Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals.
Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals.
East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
Date Issued:2000
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
Citation:Bulbeck, D., M. Pasqua, and A. Di Lello. 2000. Culture History of the Toalean of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Asian Perspectives 39 (1-2): 71-108.
Series:Volume 39
Numbers 1 & 2
Abstract:This paper reviews the current evidence on typologically specialized tools assigned to the Toalean tradition of the southwest Sulawesi peninsula. Bone points and a range of stone points appeared across the peninsula in the early Holocene; this probably occurred as part of the expansion of archery and improved spear technology in Island Southeast Asia at the time. The technologically most specialized Toalean tools, namely backed microliths and Maras points, were evidently confined to the southwest of the peninsula. Backed microliths occur in contexts spanning some six millennia, but Maras points were largely restricted to the immediately preceramic period, approximately 5500 to 3500 B.P. The distribution of these tool types closely matches the area where late Holocene pottery in the ornate "Sa Huynh-Kalanay" tradition has been recorded, and where Makasar languages are spoken today. Sulawesi's southwest peninsula may have effectively been an island throughout much of the Holocene, and its southwest fringe runs hard against a major cordillera. Thus, physiographic constraints laid the basis for the division of the peninsula into two "social landscapes" that display long-term continuity throughout the Holocene, notwithstanding fundamental changes in subsistence patterns and technology. KEYWORDS: Toalean, South Sulawesi, Makasar, microliths.
ISSN:1535-8283 (E-ISSN)
0066-8435 (Print)
Appears in Collections: Asian Perspectives, 2000 - Volume 39, Numbers 1 & 2 (Spring-Fall)

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