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    The NCP Excavations in Lobang Hangus, Lobang Tulang, Gan Kira and Kain Hitam

    Piper, P. and Lewis, H. and Reynolds, Tim and McLaren, S. and Rabett, R. and Cole, F. and Szabo, K. and Farr, L. and Barker, G. (2016) The NCP Excavations in Lobang Hangus, Lobang Tulang, Gan Kira and Kain Hitam. In: Barker, G. and Farr, L. (eds.) Archaeological investigations in the Niah Caves, Sarawak, 1954-2004. McDonald Institute Monographs 2. Cambridge, UK: McDonald Institute Monographs, pp. 65-80. ISBN 9781902937601.

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    One of the more persistent gaps in our knowledge of prehistoric human adaptation to tropical environments is the lack of developed models of early forager mobility and site function in Southeast Asia. This situation has been perpetuated, partly by the practical constraints that working in the humid tropics places of identifying and excavating new and well preserved sites; but partly also on methodological grounds. In particular, there has often been a ‘cellular’ approach to tropical subsistence reconstruction – where ‐ by each site locale is assumed to express a complete and representative record of a whole foraging economy. The archaeological work being undertaken in Tràng An, Vietnam, is beginning to address this issue through its focus on reconstructing a foraging landscape. In this paper we present multi ‐ proxy data combining traditional and state ‐ of ‐ the ‐ art approaches to archaeological and palaeo ‐ environmental research to further elucidate the issue of tropical forager mobility and habitat use during the Late Pleistocene. Insights are drawn from the study of a new cave site, Hang Tr ố ng, and the way its record of occupation compares to that obtained by our project from a near ‐ by and chrono ‐ culturally overlapping site, Hang Boi. Through the evidence presented we reveal a more ‘compositional’ nature to prehistoric tropical foraging, where ‐ by different landscape locales represent integrated parts of early economic systems.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Late Pleistocene, tropical foraging, mobility, Southeast Asia, habitat change, climate change
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Tim Reynolds
    Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2016 13:30
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:25


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