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This book examines the evolution of human populations in Arabia. Coverage includes environmental change and its impact on human populations, the movement and dispersal of populations, and the origin and spread of food producing economies.
The romantic landscapes and exotic cultures of Arabia have long captured the int- ests of both academics and the general public alike. The wide array and incredible variety of environments found across the Arabian peninsula are truly dramatic; tro- cal coastal plains are found bordering up against barren sandy deserts, high mountain plateaus are deeply…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
This book examines the evolution of human populations in Arabia. Coverage includes environmental change and its impact on human populations, the movement and dispersal of populations, and the origin and spread of food producing economies.
The romantic landscapes and exotic cultures of Arabia have long captured the int- ests of both academics and the general public alike. The wide array and incredible variety of environments found across the Arabian peninsula are truly dramatic; tro- cal coastal plains are found bordering up against barren sandy deserts, high mountain plateaus are deeply incised by ancient river courses. As the birthplace of Islam, the recent history of the region is well documented and thoroughly studied. However, legendary explorers such as T.E. Lawrence, Wilfred Thesiger, and St. John Philby discovered hints of a much deeper past during their travels across the subcontinent. Drawn to Arabia by the magnifcent solitude of its vast sand seas, these intrepid adventurers learned from the Bedouin how to penetrate its deserts and returned with stirring accounts of lost civilizations among the wind-swept dunes. We now know that, prior to recorded history, Arabia housed countless peoples living a variety of lifestyles, including some of the world's earliest pastoralists, c- munities of incipient farmers, fshermen dubbed the "Ichthyophagi" by ancient Greek geographers, and Paleolithic big-game hunters who were among the frst humans to depart their ancestral homeland in Africa. In fact, some archaeological investigations indicate that Arabia was inhabited by early hominins extending far back into the Early Pleistocene, perhaps even into the Late Pliocene.
  • Produktdetails
  • Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
  • Verlag: Springer / Springer Netherlands
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: 12676354, 978-90-481-2718-4
  • 2010
  • Seitenzahl: 324
  • Erscheinungstermin: 11. Dezember 2009
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 285mm x 215mm x 22mm
  • Gewicht: 1038g
  • ISBN-13: 9789048127184
  • ISBN-10: 9048127181
  • Artikelnr.: 26167804
Autorenporträt
Michael D. Petraglia was born in New York in 1960. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge. Over the past 25 years, he has conducted archaeological research in India, Arabia, Europe and North America. He is co-editor of the book, The Evolution and History of Human Populations in South Asia (Springer). Jeffrey Ian Rose was born in Princeton, New Jersey in 1975. Over the past 20 years, he has conducted fieldwork in prehistoric archaeology throughout North America, Europe, and Arabia. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Geography at Oxford Brookes University and runs an ongoing archaeological research project in the Sultanate of Oman.
Inhaltsangabe
1. Tracking the Origin and Evolution of Human Populations in Arabia, Jeffrey I. Rose and Michael D. PetragliaPart I. Quaternary Environments and Demographic Response2. The Red Sea, Coastal Landscapes, and Hominin dispersals, Geoff Bailey3. Pleistocene Climate Change in Arabia: Developing a Framework for Hominin Dispersal over the Last 350 ka, Adrian G. Parker4. Environment and Long-term Population Trends in Southwest Arabia, Tony J. WilkinsonPart II. Genetics and Migration5. Mitochondrial DNA Structure of Yemeni Population: Regional Differences and the Implications for Different Migratory Contributions, Jakub Rídl, Christopher M. Edens, Viktor Cerný6. The Arabian Peninsula: Gate for Human Migrations Out of Africa or Cul-de-sac? A Mitochondrial DNA Phylogeographic Perspective, Vicente M. Cabrera, Khaled K. Abu-Amero, José M. Larruga, and Ana M. González7. Bayesian coalescent inference from mitochondrial DNA variation of the colonization time of Arabia by the hamadryas baboon (Papio hamadryas hamadryas), Carlos A. FernandesPart III. Pleistocene Archaeology8. Acheulean Landscapes and Large Cutting Tool Assemblages in the Arabian Peninsula, Michael D. Petraglia, Nick Drake and Abdullah Alsharekh9. A Middle Paleolithic Assemblage from Jebel Barakah, Coastal Abu Dhabi Emirate, Ghanim Wahida, Walid Yasin Al-Tikriti, Mark J. Beech, and Ali Al Meqbali10. Paleolithic stone tool assemblages from Sharjah and Ras al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, Julie Scott-Jackson, William Scott-Jackson, and Jeffrey I. Rose11. The Central Oman Palaeolithic Survey: Recent research in Southern Arabia and reflection on the prehistoric evidence, Reto Jagher12. The Middle Paleolithic of Arabia: The View from the Hadramawt Region, Yemen, Rémy Crassard13. The 'Upper Paleolithic' of South Arabia,Jeffrey I. Rose and Vitaly I. Usik14. The Late Pleistocene of Arabia in Relation to the Levant, Lisa A. MaherPart IV. The Early Holocene15. The Holocene (Re-)Occupation of Eastern Arabia, Hans-Peter Uerpmann, Daniel T. Potts, and Margarethe Uerpmann16. Early Holocene in the highlands: data on the peopling of the eastern Yemen Plateau, with a note on the Pleistocene evidence, Francesco G. Fedele17. Southern Arabia's Early Pastoral Population History: Some Recent Evidence, Joy McCorriston and Louise Martin18. Archaeological, Linguistic and Historical Sources on Ancient Seafaring: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Early Maritime Contact and Exchange in the Arabian Peninsula, Nicole Boivin, Roger Blench, and Dorian Q. Fuller19. Holocene Obsidian Exchange in the Red Sea Region, Lamya KhalidiPart V. Synthesis and Discussion20. The Paleolithic of Arabia in an Inter-Regional Context, Anthony E. Marks
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From the reviews:

"This final published set expands significantly beyond that initial purpose to add significant context to what is admittedly still a largely Palaeolithic focus. ... The quality of the papers contained within the volume is very high indeed. ... This volume provides an excellent statement of our current state of knowledge of the Pleistocene and Early Holocene occupation of the Arabian Peninsula ... also setting the scene for future research to address the new-found archaeological complexity of this region." (Anthony Sinclair, Bulletin of the Society for Arabian Studies, April, 2010)

"This latest volume in Springer's 'Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology' series is essentially a compilation of discrete research papers. Collectively, they provide a comprehensive, albeit repetitious, review of Arabian prehistory. ... Summing Up: Recommended. Archaeology and anthropology collections serving graduate students and researchers/faculty." (D. A. Brass, Choice, Vol. 47 (11), July, 2010)