Encyclopedia of Prehistory

Volume 3: East Asia and Oceania

  • Peter N. Peregrine
  • Melvin Ember

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N2-xxviii
  2. Sarah Nelson
    Pages 1-11
  3. Anne Underhill
    Pages 12-15
  4. Peter N. Peregrine
    Pages 16-17
  5. Peter Hiscock
    Pages 18-22
  6. Peter N. Peregrine
    Pages 23-24
  7. Gideon Shelach
    Pages 25-31
  8. Deborah Bakken
    Pages 32-44
  9. Jo Anne Van Tilburg
    Pages 45-59
  10. Peter N. Peregrine
    Pages 60-61
  11. Peter N. Peregrine
    Pages 62-63
  12. Peter N. Peregrine
    Pages 64-65
  13. Michael Kolb
    Pages 66-70
  14. Rasmi Shoocongdej
    Pages 71-76
  15. Sarah Nelson
    Pages 77-81
  16. David Bulbeck
    Pages 82-116
  17. Ichiro Yamanaka, Peter N. Peregrine
    Pages 117-118
  18. Akira Matsui
    Pages 119-126
  19. Gideon Shelach
    Pages 127-131
  20. Peter Hiscock
    Pages 132-149

About this book


The Encyclopedia of Prehistory represents also defined bya somewhatdifferent set of an attempt to provide basic information sociocultural characteristics than are eth­ on all archaeologically known cultures, nological cultures. Major traditions are covering the entire globe and the entire defined based on common subsistence prehistory ofhumankind. It is designed as practices, sociopolitical organization, and a tool to assist in doing comparative materialindustries,butlanguage,ideology, research on the peoples of the past. Most and kinship ties play little or no part in of the entries are written by the world's their definition because they are virtually foremost experts on the particular areas unrecoverable from archaeological con­ and time periods. texts. In contrast, language, ideology, and The Encyclopedia is organized accord­ kinship ties are central to defining ethno­ ing to major traditions. A major tradition logical cultures. is defined as a group ofpopulations sharing There are three types ofentries in the similar subsistence practices, technology, Encyclopedia: the major tradition entry, and forms of sociopolitical organization, the regional subtradition entry, and the which are spatially contiguous over a rela­ site entry. Each contains different types of tively large area and which endure tempo­ information, and each is intended to be rally for a relatively long period. Minimal used in a different way.


Middle Paleolithic Neolithic bronze age paleolithic prehistory

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter N. Peregrine
    • 1
  • Melvin Ember
    • 2
  1. 1.Lawrence UniversityAppletonUSA
  2. 2.Human Relations Area Files/Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-1189-2
  • Copyright Information Human Relations Area Files, Inc. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-7130-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-1189-2
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