The Pleistocene Old World

Regional Perspectives

  • Olga Soffer

Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology book series (IDCA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N1-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
  3. Defining and Interpreting Regional Records

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-16
    2. Lewis R. Binford
      Pages 17-31
    3. Jean-Philippe Rigaud, Jan F. Simek
      Pages 47-61
  4. Macroregional Patterns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Clive Gamble
      Pages 81-98
    3. V. N. Misra
      Pages 99-119
    4. Harry Lourandos
      Pages 147-165
  5. Regional Adaptations at a Point in Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Françoise Audouze
      Pages 183-200
  6. Changes through Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Ofer Bar-Yosef
      Pages 219-236
    3. Nicholas David, Harvey M. Bricker
      Pages 237-250
    4. Brian Hayden, Brian Chisholm, Henry P. Schwarcz
      Pages 279-291
    5. Geoffrey A. Clark
      Pages 293-316
    6. Michael Jochim
      Pages 317-331
    7. James A. Brown
      Pages 365-375
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 377-380

About this book


Regional approaches to past human adaptations have generated much new knowledge and understanding. Researchers working on problems of adaptations in the Holocene, from those of simple hunter-gatherers to those of complex sociopolitical entities like the state, have found this approach suitable for comprehension of both ecological and social aspects of human behavior. This research focus has, however, until recently left virtually un­ touched a major spatial and temporaI segment of prehistory-the Old World during the Pleistocene. Extant literature on this period, by and large, presents either detailed site­ speeific accounts or offers continental or even global syntheses that tend to compile site­ speeific information but do not integrate it into whole c~nstructs of funetioning so­ ciocuhural entities. This volume presents our current state of knowledge about a variety of regional adaptations that charaeterized prehistoric groups in the Old World before 10,000 B. P. The authors of the chapters consider the behavior of humans rather than that of objects or features and present data and models for variaus aspects of past cultures and for culture change. These presentations integrate findings and understandings derived from a number of related disciplines actively involved in researching the past. Data and interpretations are offered on a range of Old \yorld regions during the PaIeolithic, induding Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe, and chronological coverage spans from the Early to Late PIeisto­ cene.


Vor- und Frühgeschichte holocene hunter-gatherer pleistocene prehistory

Editors and affiliations

  • Olga Soffer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-9016-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-1817-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2722
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