Description

Due to political pressures, prior to the 1990s little was known about the nature of human foraging adaptations in the deserts, grasslands, and mountains of north western China during the last glacial period. Even less was known about the transition to agriculture that followed. Now open to foreign visitation, there is now an increasing understanding of the foraging strategies which led both to the development of millet agriculture and to the utilization of the extreme environments of the Tibetan Plateau. This text explores the transition from the foraging societies of the Late Paleolithic to the emergence of settled farming societies and the emergent pastoralism of the middle Neolithic striving to help answer the diverse and numerous questions of this critical transitional period.

Key Features

* Examines the transition from foraging societies of the Late Paleolithic to the emergence of settled farming societies and the emergent pastoralism of the middle Neolithic * Explores explanatory models for the links between climate change and cultural change that may have influenced the development of millet agriculture * Reviews the relationship between climate change and population expansions and contraditions during the late Quaternary

Readership

Archeologists, human geographers, anthropologists, paleoclimatologists in archaeological institutes and those conducting research for natural history museums.

Details

No. of pages:
244
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2007
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier Science
Print ISBN:
9780444529626
Electronic ISBN:
9780080544311

About the editors

D.B. Madsen

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Texas, Austin TX, USA

F. Chen

Affiliations and Expertise

Lanzhou University, China

X. Gao

Affiliations and Expertise

Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China