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Late Quaternary Climate Change and Human Adaptation in Arid China - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444529626, 9780080544311

Late Quaternary Climate Change and Human Adaptation in Arid China, Volume 9

1st Edition

Editors: D.B. Madsen F. Chen X. Gao
eBook ISBN: 9780080544311
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444529626
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 10th May 2007
Page Count: 244
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Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction
1-Archaeology at the Margins: Exploring the Late Paleolithic to Neolithic Transition in China's Arid West (David B. Madsen, Chen Fa-Hu, and Gao Xing)
Part 2: Climate Change
2-Responses of Chinese Desert Lakes to Climate Instability During the Past 45,000 Years. (Bernd Wünnemann, Kai Hartmann, Manon Janssen, and Zhang Hucai Zhang)
3-Post-glacial Climate Variability and Drought Events in the Monsoon Transition Zone of Western China (Chen Fa-Hu, Cheng Bo, Zhao Hui, Fan Yu-Xin, David B. Madsen, and Jin Ming)
4-Vegetation Evolution in Arid China During Marine Isotope Stages 3 and 2 (~65-11 ka) (Ulrike Herzschuh and Liu Xingqi)
5-Holocene Vegetation and Climate Changes from Fossil Pollen Records in Arid and Semi-arid China (Zhao Yan, Yu Zicheng, Chen Fa-Hu, and An Chengbang)
Part 3: Theoretical Perspectives
6-Variation in Late Quaternary Central Asian Climates and the Nature of Human Response (David B. Madsen and Robert G. Elston)
7-The transition to Agriculture in Northwestern China (Robert L. Bettinger, Loukas Barton, Peter J. Richerson, Robert Boyd, Wang Hui, and Choi Won)
Part 4: Regional and Chronological Perspectives
8-Late Pleistocene Climate Change and Paleolithic Cultural Evolution in Northern China: Implications from the Last Glacial Maximum (Loukas Barton, P. Jeffery Brantingham, and Ji Duxue)
9-A Short Chronology for the Peopling of the Tibetan Plateau (P. Jeffrey Brantingham, Gao Xing, John W. Olsen, Ma Haizhou, David Rhode, Zhang Haiying, and David B. Madsen)
10--Modeling the Neolithic on the Tibetan Plateau (Mark S. Aldenderfer)
11-Zooarchaeological Evidence for Animal Domestication in Northwest China (Rowan K. Flad, Yuan Jing, and Li Shuicheng)
12-Yaks, Yak dung, and Prehistoric Human Habitation of the Tibetan Plateau (David Rhode, David B. Madsen, P. Jeffrey Brantingham, and Tsultrim Dargye)
Part 5: Summary and Integration
13-Changing Views of late Quaternary Human Adaptation in Arid China (David B. Madsen, Chen Fa-Hu, and Gao Xing)


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


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


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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