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Desert Peoples : Archaeological Perspectives - Peter Veth

Desert Peoples

Archaeological Perspectives

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Published: 10th November 2004
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Desert Peoples: Archaeological Perspectives provides an issues-oriented overview of hunter-gatherer societies in desert landscapes that combines archaeological and anthropological perspectives and includes a wide range of regional and thematic case studies.


  • Brings together, for the first time, studies from deserts as diverse as the sand dunes of Australia, the U.S. Great Basin, the coastal and high altitude deserts of South America, and the core deserts of Africa
  • Examines the key concepts vital to understanding human adaptation to marginal landscapes and the behavioral and belief systems that underpin them
  • Explores the relationship among desert hunter-gatherers, herders, and pastoralists

"This is an up-to-date and theoretically broad-rangingcomparative treatment of desert hunter-gatherer archaeology andethnology that introduces a new, fresh generation of scholars andissues. Bravo!" Richard Gould, Brown University


"Desert Peoples shows how important the world's aridhabitats have always been during the course of human evolution. Thegeographical scope of the contributions is breathtaking, theircomparative approach to dynamics and interactions compelling. Icongratulate the editors for making the desert bloom for humanprehistory." Clive Gamble, Royal Holloway, University ofLondon


"A superb synthesis.... The authors use theopportunity to set out several probing questions that will underpinfuture research on how societies adapt to challengingenvironments." John Dodson, Brunel University andUniversity of Western Australia

"Competent, well-written summaries of local culturehistory...several of the essays merit serious attention fromreaders of this journal." Archaeology in Oceania

"In this era of regional and topical specialisation, which often leads to perochialism, the editors of this book cantake great satisfaction in having provided a venue for looking atthe big picture."
Australian Archaeology

"Desert Peoples: Archaeological Perspectives is an essentialsource for those interested in hunting-gathering lifeways."Laurie Milne, Canadian Journal of Archaeology

Notes on Contributors.

1. Global Deserts in Perspective: Mike Smith, Peter Veth, Peter Hiscock and Lynley A. Wallis (National Museum of Australia; Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; The Australian National University; The Australian National University).

Part I: Frameworks:.

2. Theoretical Shifts in the Anthropology of Desert Hunter-Gatherers: Thomas Widlok (University of Heidelberg).

3. Pleistocene Settlement of Deserts from an Australian Perspective: Peter Hiscock and Lynley A. Wallis (both at The Australian National University).

4. Arid Paradises of Dangerous Landscapes: A Review of Explanations for Paleolithic Assemblage Change in Arid Australia and Africa: Peter Hiscock and Sue O?Connor (both at The Australian National University).

Part II: Dynamics:.

5. Evolutionary and Ecological Understandings of the Economics of Desert Societies: Comparing the Great Basin USA and the Australian Deserts: Douglas W. Bird and Rebecca Bliege Bird (both at University of Maine).

6. Cycles of Aridity and Human Mobility: Risk Minimization amongst Late Pleistocene Foragers of the Western Desert, Australia: Peter Veth (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies).

7. Archaic Faces to Head-Dresses: The Changing Role of Rock Art across the Arid Zone: Jo McDonald (Jo McDonald Cultural Heritage Management Pty Ltd).

8. The Archaeology of the Patagonia Deserts: Hunter-Gatherers in a Cold Desert: Luis Alberto Borrero (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas and the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Part III: Interactions:.

9. Perspectives on Later Stone Age Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology in Arid Southern Africa: Anne I. Thackeray (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa).

10. Long Term Transitions in Hunter-Gatherers of Coastal Northwest Australia: Kathryn Przywolnik (Department of Environment and Conservation (NSW), Sydney, Australia).

11. Hunter-Gatherers and Herders of the Kalahari during the Late Holocene: Karim Sadr (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa).

12. Desert Archaeology, Linguistic Stratigraphy, and the Spread of the Western Desert Language: Mike Smith (National Museum of Australia).

13. People of the Coastal Atacama Desert: Living between Sand Dunes and Waves of the Pacific Ocean: Calogera M. Santoro, Bernardo T. Arriaza, Vivien G. Standen, and Pablo A. Marquet (Universidad de Tarapaca Arica, Chile; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Universidad de Tarapaca Arica, Chile; Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago).

14. Desert Solitude: The Evolution of Ideologies amongst Pastoralists and Hunter-Gatherers in Arid North Africa: Andrew B. Smith (University of Capetown, Rondebosch, South Africa).

15. Hunter-Gatherer Interactions with Sheep and Cattle Pastoralists from the Australian Arid Zone: Alistair Paterson (University of Western Australia).

16. Conclusion: Major Themes and Future Research Directions: Peter Veth (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies).

General Index.

Index of Archaelogical Features and Subjects

ISBN: 9781405100915
ISBN-10: 1405100915
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 10th November 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.49 x 17.22  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1