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The Evolution of Human Populations in Arabia

Paleoenvironments, Prehistory and Genetics

  • Michael D. Petraglia
  • Jeffrey I. Rose

Part of the Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology book series (VERT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Quaternary Environments and Demographic Response

  3. Genetics and Migration

  4. Pleistocene Archaeology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 102-102
    2. Michael D. Petraglia, Nick Drake, Abdullah Alsharekh
      Pages 103-116
    3. Ghanim Wahida, Walid Yasin Al-Tikriti, Mark J. Beech, Ali Al Meqbali
      Pages 117-124
    4. Julie Scott-Jackson, William Scott-Jackson, Jeffrey I. Rose
      Pages 125-138
    5. Jeffrey I. Rose, Vitaly I. Usik
      Pages 169-185
  5. The Early Holocene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 204-204
    2. Hans-Peter Uerpmann, D. T. Potts, Margarethe Uerpmann
      Pages 205-214

About this book


The contemporary deserts of Arabia form some of the most dramatic arid landscapes in the world; yet, during many times in the past, the region was well-watered, containing evidence for rivers and lakes. Climatic fluctuations through time must have had a profound effect on human population that lived and passed through the region. In this book, paleoenvironmental specialists, archaeologists and geneticists are brought together to provide a comprehensive account of the evolution of human populations in Arabia. A wide range of topics are explored in this book, including environmental change and its impact on human populations, the movement and dispersal of populations through the region, and the origin and spread of food producing economies. New theories and interpretations are presented which provide new insights into the evolution of human populations in a key region of the world.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michael D. Petraglia
    • 1
  • Jeffrey I. Rose
    • 2
  1. 1.Leverhulme Centre for HumanUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Dept. Anthropology & GeographyOxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Michael D. Petraglia was born in New York in 1960. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge. Over the past 25 years, he has conducted archaeological research in India, Arabia, Europe and North America. He is co-editor of the book, The Evolution and History of Human Populations in South Asia (Springer).

Jeffrey Ian Rose was born in Princeton, New Jersey in 1975. Over the past 20 years, he has conducted fieldwork in prehistoric archaeology throughout North America, Europe, and Arabia. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Geography at Oxford Brookes University and runs an ongoing archaeological research project in the Sultanate of Oman.

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“This final published set expands significantly beyond that initial purpose to add significant context to what is admittedly still a largely Palaeolithic focus. … The quality of the papers contained within the volume is very high indeed. … This volume provides an excellent statement of our current state of knowledge of the Pleistocene and Early Holocene occupation of the Arabian Peninsula … also setting the scene for future research to address the new-found archaeological complexity of this region.” (Anthony Sinclair, Bulletin of the Society for Arabian Studies, April, 2010)

“This latest volume in Springer’s ‘Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology’ series is essentially a compilation of discrete research papers. Collectively, they provide a comprehensive, albeit repetitious, review of Arabian prehistory. … Summing Up: Recommended. Archaeology and anthropology collections serving graduate students and researchers/faculty.” (D. A. Brass, Choice, Vol. 47 (11), July, 2010)