The Hoabinhian of Southeast Asia and its Relationship to Regional Pleistocene Lithic Technologies

  • Ben MarwickEmail author
Part of the Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation book series (STHE, volume 9)


The Hoabinhian is a distinctive Pleistocene stone artifact technology of mainland and island Southeast Asia. Its relationships to key patterns of technological change both at a global scale and in adjacent regions such as East Asia, South Asia, and Australia are currently poorly understood. These key patterns are important indicators of evolutionary and demographic change in human prehistory, so our understanding of the Hoabinhian may be substantially enhanced by examining these relationships. In this paper I present new evidence of ancient Hoabinhian technology from northwest Thailand and examine connections between Hoabinhian technology and the innovation of other important Pleistocene technological processes such as radial core geometry. I present some claims about the evolutionary significance of the Hoabinhian and recommend future research priorities.


Southeast Asia Thailand Hoabinhian Lithic analysis Technological organization Paleoenvironment 



Thanks to Rasmi Shoocongedej for the opportunity to be involved in the work at Tham Lod, to Sue O’Connor for the access to the Jerimalai lithic assemblage, to Ya-Mei Hou for the advice on the Donggutuo assemblage, and to Scot Kelchner for the advice on bamboo phylogenetics. Any errors remain my own.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Center for Archaeological ScienceUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia

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