Between foraging and farming: strategic rseponses to the Holocene Thermal Maximum in Southeast Asia

Oxenham, Marc F., Trinh, Hiep Hoang, Willis, Anna, Jones, Rebecca K., Domett, Kathryn, Castillo, Cristina, Wood, Rachel, Bellwood, Peter, Tromp, Monica, Kells, Ainslee, Piper, Philip, Pham, Son Thanh, Matsumura, Hirofumi, and Buckley, Hallie (2018) Between foraging and farming: strategic rseponses to the Holocene Thermal Maximum in Southeast Asia. Antiquity, 92 (364). pp. 940-957.

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Large, 'complex' pre-Neolithic hunter-gatherer communities thrived in southern China and northern Vietnam, contemporaneous with the expansion of farming. Research at Con Co Ngua in Vietnam suggests that such hunter-gatherer populations shared characteristics with early farming communities: high disease loads, pottery, complex mortuary practices and access to stable sources of carbohydrates and protein. The substantive difference was in the use of domesticated plants and animals—effectively representing alternative responses to optimal climatic conditions. The work here suggests that the supposed correlation between farming and a decline in health may need to be reassessed.

Item ID: 55202
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1745-1744
Keywords: Southeast Asia, Con Co Ngua, hunter-gatherers, domestication, palaeopathology
Copyright Information: © Antiquity Publications Ltd, 2018
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC DP110101097, ARC FT120100299, ARC FT100100527, ARC JSPS16H02527
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2018 05:20
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440103 Biological (physical) anthropology @ 50%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4301 Archaeology > 430102 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950502 Understanding Asias Past @ 100%
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