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Archaeology of Asia : Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology - Miriam T. Stark

Archaeology of Asia

Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology

By: Miriam T. Stark (Editor)

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This introduction to the archaeology of Asia focuses on case studies from the region&#8217;s last 10,000 years of history. <br><ul><br><li>Comprises fifteen chapters by some of the world&#8217;s foremost Asia archaeologists<br><li>Sheds light on the most compelling aspects of Asian archaeology, from the earliest evidence of plant domestication to the emergence of states and empires<br><li>Explores issues of cross-cultural significance, such as migration, urbanism, and technology<br><li>Presents original research data that challenges readers to think beyond national and regional boundaries<br><li>Synthesizes work previously unavailable to western readers </li></ul>

"Miriam Stark has performed a monumental service to globalarchaeology by selecting the most important cross-cultural themesin Asian archaeology and many of the most innovative writers todiscuss them." Gina L. Barnes, University ofDurham


"Offering remarkable coverage of the world's largestcontinent, Stark has created an outstanding book that should berequired reading for any archaeologist or historian interested inAsia." John Olsen, University of Arizona

"This volume is the seventh in the series Blackwell Studiesin Global Archaeology, a series intended to cover the centralareas of undergraduate archaeological teaching. While this iscertainly a sustainable market for the series, this particularvolume presents an overview and depth that will also, and perhapsmore so, be a welcome addition to the libraries of postgraduate andresearch archaeologists ... Stark has assembled a valuable resourcemade all the more useful by not shying away from the scholarly andnational politics reflected in so much Asian Archaeology"Australian Archaeology

Series Editors' Preface vii

List of Figures and Tables viii

Notes on Contributors xi

Part I Introduction 1

1 Contextualizing an Archaeology of Asia 3
Miriam T. Stark

Part II Contexts of Asian Archaeology 15

2 Some National, Regional, and Political Uses of Archaeology in East and Southeast Asia 17
Ian C. Glover

3 Archaeology in the Two Koreas 37
Sarah M. Nelson

4 Self-Identification in the Modern and Post-Modern World and Archaeological Research: A Case Study from Japan 55
Koji Mizoguchi

Part III Formative Developments 75

5 East Asian Plant Domestication 77
Gary W. Crawford

6 Asian Farming Diasporas? Agriculture, Languages, and Genes in China and Southeast Asia 96
Peter Bellwood

Part IV Emergence and Development of Complex Asian Systems 119

7 Early Communities in East Asia: Economic and Sociopolitical Organization at the Local and Regional Levels 121
Anne P. Underhill and Junko Habu

8 Sociopolitical Change from Neolithic to Bronze Age China 149
Li Liu and Xingcan Chen

9 Marks and Labels: Early Writing in Neolithic and Shang China 177
David N. Keightley

10 Secondary State Formation and the Development of Local Identity: Change and Continuity in the State of Qin (770?221 B.C.) 202
Gideon Shelach and Yuri Pines

Part V Crossing Boundaries and Ancient Asian States 231

11 Frontiers and Boundaries:The Han Empire from its Southern Periphery 233
Francis Allard

12 States on Horseback:The Rise of Inner Asian Confederations and Empires 255
William Honeychurch and Chunag Amartuvshin

13 Historicizing Foraging in South Asia: Power, History, and Ecology of Holocene Hunting and Gathering 279
Kathleen D. Morrison

14 The Axial Age in South Asia: The Archaeology of Buddhism (500 B.C.?A.D. 500) 303
Himanshu Prabha Ray

15 Imperial Landscapes of South Asia 324
Carla M. Sinopoli

Index 350

ISBN: 9781405102131
ISBN-10: 1405102136
Series: Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 19th August 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.72 x 15.44  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1