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New Special Issue of Journal of World Prehistory (guest editors Peter Jordan, Junzo Uchiyama and Chris Gillam): Neolithization of Cultural Landscapes in East Asia

February 12, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Jordan (co-editor) on the recent publication of a new Special Issue of Journal of World Prehistory!

Special Issue: Neolithization of Cultural Landscapes in East Asia
Journal of World Prehistory, Volume 27, Issue 3-4, December 2014
Issue Editors: Peter Jordan, J. Christopher Gillam and Junzo Uchiyama

The concepts of ‘Neolithization' and ‘cultural landscapes' have now become central to current research into the Neolithic in Europe, and have serve to highlight the contingent and variable nature of this major transformation, and the ways in which it was played out within shifting human-environment relationships. This special issue applies these twin concepts to an integrated series of archaeological case-studies set in East Asia (Hokkaido, Honshu, the Ryuku Islands, Korea, China and the Russian Far East). Papers serve to highlight many of the commonalities and divergences between cultural sequences in East Asia and Western Europe, and illustrate that many classic ‘traits' of the European Neolithic such as pottery, sedentism and social complexity appear among East Asian foragers long before the transition to farming. Authors also explore diversity in early farming strategies, the cumulative transformation of cultural landscapes after the wider uptake of agriculture, and the strategies left open to northern hunter-fisher-gatherers like the Ainu after the rise of larger states and empires.

Please see: http://link.springer.com/journal/10963/27/3/page/1

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