Recent Advances in Palaeodemography

Data, Techniques, Patterns

  • Jean-Pierre Bocquet-Appel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-8
  2. Isabelle SÉGuy, Luc Buchet, Arnaud BringÉ
    Pages 83-117
  3. Marc A. Luy, Ursula Wittwer-Backofen
    Pages 119-141
  4. Mary C. Stiner, Joseph E. Beaver, Natalie D. Munro, Todd A. Surovell
    Pages 143-178
  5. Nathan B. Goodale, Ian Kuijt, Anna M. Prentiss
    Pages 179-207
  6. Jean-Pierre Bocquet-Appel, Stephan Naji, Matthew Bandy
    Pages 277-292
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 293-294

About this book


The written data used by demographers essentially cover the last five centuries. Since Homo Ergaster moved out of Africa around 1.8 million years ago and until the sub-contemporary periods, there is no data allowing us to reconstruct a demographic history that can be interpreted with the traditional tools of demography. If we want to be able to tackle demographic issues over a long evolutionary duration, trying to reconstitute our human demographic history and thinking out and testing macro-demographic theories, we need to draw on sources other than written data and on techniques other than those commonly used by demographers. This necessarily means using information of every kind, from archaeology, physical anthropology, paleontology, primatology or genetics, along with relevant models of interpretation.

This book has been developed from a core of papers selected for the paleodemographic session of the 25th World Population Congress (July 2005, Tours, France). It covers recent paleodemographic innovations, in terms of data, techniques and the detection of patterns making it possible to highlight hitherto unknown prehistoric demographic processes.


Bioarchaeology Demography Historical Demography Palaeodemography Physical Anthropology Social Sciences evolution mesolithic paleolithic

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean-Pierre Bocquet-Appel
    • 1
  1. 1.CNRSParisFrance

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