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Book-Harappa to Hastinapura

From Harappa to Hastinapura: A Study of the Earliest South Asian City and Civilization

Piotr Andreevich Eltsov

Brill 2008

This book redefines the concepts of the city and civilization in the Harappan and Early Historic South Asia, using archaeological data and ancient Indian texts. In contrast to previous studies, it approaches the texts not as sources of factual information, but as sources of abstract ideas that can be used in the analysis of archaeological data. The main themes discussed throughout the book are: the use of ancient texts in the analysis of archaeological data, the historicity of Sanskrit and Pali literature, the idea of the city in the Harappan and Gangetic South Asia, and ultimately the idea of the ancient Indian civilization.

This book is important to all interested in the rise of civilization in South Asia, the archaeology of early complex societies, and ancient history. It is illustrated with plans and photos of archaeological sites. www.brill.nl/


Book-Early Metallurgy

Early Metallurgy of the Persian Gulf: Technology, Trade, and the Bronze Age World

Lloyd R. Weeks

Brill 2003

This volume examines the earliest production and exchange of copper and its alloys in the Persian Gulf, a major metal supply route for the Bronze Age societies of Western Asia. Weeks addresses the geological and technological background to copper production in southeastern Arabia and contextualizes evidence for major fluctuations in prehistoric copper production. The core of the volume consists of compositional and isotopic analyses. The relationship between specialized copper production, exchange, and the development of social complexity in early Arabia is examined, and the author addresses the broader archaeological issue of the Bronze Age tin trade, which linked vast areas of Western Asia, from the Indo-Iranian borderlands to the Aegean, in the third millennium BC. www.brill.nl/


Book-Extinction of Sivapithecus

The Extinction of Sivapithecus: Faunal and Environmental Changes Surrounding the Disappearance of a Miocene Hominoid in the Siwaliks of Pakistan

Sherry V. Nelson

Brill 2003

This volume examines the adaptations and extinction of Sivapithecus, a Miocene ape, in the Siwaliks of Pakistan. Three different studies involving dental microwear and stable isotopic analyses are interwoven to provide reconstructions of the prefered landscape, climate, and diet of Sivapithecus as well as changes in the environment that led to its extinction. This book presents new techniques that allow for a more detailed analysis of faunal and environmental change than ever before documented for an ape clade throughout its radiation and demise. www.brill.nl/


Book-Epipaleolithic Subsistence

Epipaleolithic Subsistence Strategies in the Levant: A Zooarchaeological Perspective

Guy Bar-Oz

Brill 2004

The Levantine Epipaleolithic period plays a critical role in our understanding of the transition from nomadic hunting and gathering foraging to sedentary communities on the threshold to agriculture. This study has clarified many aspects of the relationship between Epipaleolithic foragers and their prey. Epipaleolithic foragers utilized similar hunting methods, as evidenced by the culling patterns for gazelle and fallow deer. Multivariate inter-site zooarchaeological and taphonomic research, from a single geographical area and ecological setting (the coastal plain of Israel), provides important records of the Epipaleolithic cultural sequence. A wide variety of data highlights uniform patterns of cultural and economic behaviors related to food procurement and processing strategies. The results of this study show cultural continuity in subsistence strategies within the Levantine Epipaleolithic sequence. www.brill.nl/


Book-Interpreting the Past

Interpreting the Past: Essays on Human, Primate, and Mammal Evolution In Honor of David Pilbeam

Daniel E. Lieberman, Richard J. Smith, and Jay Kelley, Editors

Brill 2005

This volume covers major topics in human, primate, and mammalian evolution, mostly from the Miocene to the present. The papers emphasize novel interpretations of several key areas of longstanding interest and importance, including Miocene biogeography and hominoid evolution, the origins of hominids, and new interpretations of the hominid fossil record. Most of the papers tackle key issues in the evolution of hominoids and hominids in terms of systematic, paleoenvironmental, and behavioral questions. More broadly, however, the papers explore the epistemological problems of how one interprets the past from the available data.  www.brill.nl/

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