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Case Studies in Early Societies : Ancient Jomon of Japan Series Number 4 - Junko Habu

Case Studies in Early Societies

Ancient Jomon of Japan Series Number 4


Published: 21st September 2004
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Despite an incredibly rich prehistory covering nearly ten thousand years, modern coverage of complex hunter-gatherer societies has tended to overlook the Jomon of Japan. This text presents an overview of the archaeology of the Jomon Period between 10,000 and 300 BC within the context of more recent complex hunter-gatherer societies. It bridges the gap between academic traditions in Japanese and Anglo-American archaeology and represents an invaluable source of reflection on the development of human complexity.

'... this book is comprehensive, informative and academically exciting.' Antiquity 'Junko Habu has provided a detailed, comprehensive, and stimulating account of Jomon variety and development ... Habu's historical overviews of research trends, syntheses of current results, good grounding in theory, acute observations, and gently stated criticisms have yielded a state-of- the-art book that will serve as the authoritative introduction to the Jomon for a long time to come.' Monumenta Nipponica 'the distinctive aspects covered in this book include the chapters in which Habu presents her original reconstruction of Jomon society based on Anglo-American theories, particularly in relation to the hunter-gatherer models create by Lewis Binford. these chapters make this book a rarity in Japanese archaeology, with the exception of an earlier monograph written by Habu (2001) herslef, and Habu's arguments are important in delineating new hypotheses in Jomon research.' Anthropoligical Science

Background to the study: overview of the Jomon Period
Subsistence and Settlement
Subsistence strategies
Settlement archaeology
Rituals, Crafts and Trade
Mortuary and ceremonial practices
Crafts and exchange networks
Discussion and Conclusion
Discussion and conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521776707
ISBN-10: 0521776708
Series: Case Studies in Early Societies
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 21st September 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 16.5  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.56