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Amber  

Morten Ramstad, Tony Axelsson, and Anders Strinnholm

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Mar 2015
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Dec 2013
During the transition to the fourth millennium, large quantities of amber start being distributed over the landscapes of northern and north-eastern Europe. By exploring the handling and ... More

Ancient Dna Research on Wetland Archaeological Evidence  

Angela Schlumbaum and Ceiridwen J. Edwards

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
This chapter begins by defining ancient DNA and providing a brief history of ancient DNA and its potential for archaeology, followed by discussions of the technological aspects of ancient ... More

Ancient Eskimo Cultures of Chukotka  

Mikhail M. Bronshtein, Kirill A. Dneprovsky, and Arkady B. Savinetsky

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Oct 2016
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Aug 2016
Remnants of one Paleoeskimo and several Neoeskimo cultural traditions have been revealed in the coastal regions of Chukotka since the mid-1940s. The Chukotka Paleoeskimo cultural ... More

Animals and Social Relations  

Arkadiusz Marciniak and Joshua Pollard

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Mar 2015
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Jul 2014
The onset of the Neolithic brought with it the establishment of new relations between people and animals, principally, through domestication, a shift to acquisition and control of ... More

Anthropomorphic Clay Figurines of the Jomon Period of Japan  

Koji Mizoguchi

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Apr 2017
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Jun 2017
This chapter charts the trajectory of change of Jomon period clay anthropomorphic figurines in the Japanese archipelago. The earliest specimens embodied the perception of the body and ... More

The Archaeology of Figurines and the Human Body in Prehistory  

Lynn Meskell

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Apr 2017
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Jun 2017
In recent decades the analysis of figurines has been theorized within the broader context of archaeology and material culture, and they have lately become the subject of discussions ... More

The Archaeology of Prehistoric Oceania  

Ethan E. Cochrane and Terry L. Hunt

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Dec 2017
The archaeological record of Oceania stretches over one-third of the earth’s surface with the first humans entering Oceania 50,000 years ago and with the last major archipelago settled ... More

The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual in the Prehistoric Japanese Archipelago  

Simon Kaner

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Oct 2011
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Sep 2012
This article reviews the evidence and interpretation of the development of ritual traditions in the prehistoric Japanese archipelago prior to the appearance of Buddhism in mid-sixth ... More

Archaic-Period Foragers and Farmers in Mesoamerica  

Douglas J. Kennett

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Sep 2012
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Nov 2012
This article reviews archaeological evidence of the Archaic period (~7000–2000 bc ), which is traditionally viewed as a long transitional interval between a poorly defined the era of ... More

The Atlantic Mesolithic–Neolithic Transition  

Nick Thorpe

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Mar 2015
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Dec 2014
The Atlantic has long held a key position within the broader question of the Mesolithic–Neolithic transition in Europe. Archaeological evidence suggests significant variability between the ... More

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