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The Archaeology of Korea : Cambridge World Archaeology - Sarah Milledge Nelson

The Archaeology of Korea

Cambridge World Archaeology

Paperback Published: 12th July 1993
ISBN: 9780521407830
Number Of Pages: 324

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Sarah Nelson's book surveys Korean prehistory from the earliest paleolithic settlers, perhaps half a million years ago, through the formation of the Three Kingdoms and on to the creation of United Silla in AD 668, when the peninsula was largely united for the first time. The author treats the development of state-level societies and their relationship to polities in Japan and China, and the development of a Korean ethnic identity. Emphasizing the particular features of the region, the author dispels the notion that the culture and traditions of Korea are pale imitations of those of its neighbors, China and Japan.

'There is no question but that Sarah Nelson's book is an important contribution to the English-language literature dealing with East Asian prehistory.' John W. Olsen, University of Arizona 'This long-awaited and much-needed book is a welcome addition to the teaching materials for East Asian archaeology ... a solid introduction to the archaeology of the peninsula from the Palaeolithic through the Three Kingdoms era.' Gina Barnes, University of Cambridge 'I warmly recommend this book both as an essential source of general information on Korean archaeology, and for its discussion of social and political issues which are of great relevance to understanding contemporary Korea.' James H. Grayson, Asian Affairs '... the author has succeeded in placing Korea on the 'map of world archaeology'.' Antiquity

List of illustrationsp. ix
List of tablesp. xii
Preface and acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Archaeology in Koreap. 1
Western views of Koreap. 4
Geographic limitsp. 5
Korean physical anthropology, language and culturep. 6
Data sourcesp. 8
Korean archaeological sequencesp. 10
Environmentp. 12
Geomorphologyp. 12
Climatep. 19
Florap. 20
Faunap. 20
Paleoclimatep. 22
Summaryp. 24
Forest foragersp. 26
History of paleolithic discoveriesp. 26
Early paleolithicp. 30
The Neanderthal questionp. 43
Late paleolithicp. 47
The paleolithic/Holocene boundaryp. 53
Conclusionp. 55
Early Villagesp. 58
Sitesp. 59
Chronologyp. 95
Subsistencep. 98
Social organizationp. 104
Symbols and stylesp. 106
East Asian relationshipsp. 106
Summaryp. 108
Megaliths, rice and bronze 2000 to 500 BCp. 110
Chronologyp. 113
Artifactsp. 116
Settlementsp. 138
Subsistencep. 144
Burialsp. 147
Rock artp. 154
Social organizationp. 154
Myth, legend and historyp. 155
Migration, diffusion or local development?p. 157
Summaryp. 161
Iron, trade and exploitation 400 BC to AD 300p. 164
Documentary sourcesp. 165
Archaeological evidencep. 172
Regional differencesp. 183
Summaryp. 202
Three Kingdoms AD 300-668p. 206
Koguryop. 207
Paekchep. 220
Kayap. 237
Sillap. 243
Summaryp. 260
Ethnicity in retrospectp. 262
Traditionp. 262
Boundariesp. 263
Population movementp. 265
Summaryp. 267
Bibliographyp. 268
Indexp. 302
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ISBN: 9780521407830
ISBN-10: 0521407834
Series: Cambridge World Archaeology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 12th July 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.78  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.73

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