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(p. vii) Acknowledgements

(p. vii) Acknowledgements

First and foremost, our thanks are to the contributors to this handbook. They have not only provided the content, but they have also been incredibly patient with us during the course of the production of this volume. Many chapter authors also agreed to assist us in the peer-review process, and we also drew extensively on the expertise of many other scholars in this process. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has helped in this way. Oxford University Press has provided guidance and assistance along the way and we would particularly like to thank Hilary O’Shea, Michael Dela Cruz, Jennifer Vafidis, and Jenny Wagstaff.

We would also like to acknowledge the support offered to us from our respective universities, friends, and academic colleagues. Vicki also received substantial support from the University of Central Lancashire, including a sabbatical, which has enabled her to work on this volume.

Finally, on behalf of the extended international family of hunter-gatherer scholars, we would like to dedicate this handbook to the memory of one of the world’s leading specialists in this research field, Professor Marek Zvelebil (1952–2011)*.

Vicki Cummings and Peter Jordan

Preston and Groningen, November 2013 (p. viii)


(*) This handbook was designed and produced by three editors: Vicki Cummings, Peter Jordan, and Marek Zvelebil. Marek played a major role in the early stages of planning the handbook’s overall thematic structure and primary intellectual content, and also played an important role in contacting potential scholars to contribute. Numerous chapters also benefited from his insightful comments and editorial suggestions during the extended peer-review process. In finally bringing such an extensive publication project through to completion, we hope that he too would have been proud of the results of yet another major hunter-gatherer research initiative that he had been so closely involved in launching.