Asian Perspectives, vol. 55, no. 1 (2016)

From Palaeoecology and Forager Subsistence Strategies during the Pleistocene – Holocene Transition: A Reinvestigation of the Zooarchaeological Assemblage from Spirit Cave, Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand in this issue. Cut marks present on a right rib of a Sambar deer ( Rusa unicolor) ( L ayer 2a — S C-00078). Image A taken at 1x magnification on a Nikon SMZ1500 stereomicroscope attached to a SPOT Insight FireWire digital camera; close-up image B taken at 2x. Macro-photograph courtesy of Hannah G. Van Vlack.

In Palaeoecology and Forager Subsistence Strategies during the
Pleistocene–Holocene Transition: A Reinvestigation of the
Zooarchaeological Assemblage from Spirit Cave, Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand authors Cyler Conrad, Charles Higham, Masaki Eda, and Ben Marwick write:

This reanalysis uses the zooarchaeological assemblage recovered from Spirit Cave to understand hunter-gatherer use and occupation at the site during the Pleistocene – Holocene transition. W e analyze bone fragmentation, sample size, and relative abundance to establish the preservation and overall composition of the remaining fauna. Identification of several new taxa, including roundleaf bats (Hipposideros larvatus and bicolor), elongated tortoise (Indotestudo elongata), black marsh turtle (Siebenrockiella crassicollis), Burmese hare ( Lepus cf. peguensis) and a potential red junglefowl ( Phasianidae — ?Gallus gallus) provide insights into hunter-gatherer occupation, palaeoecology, and subsistence strategies between 12,000 and 7000 years b.p.

This issue of Asian Perspectives also features the following scholarly works:

Articles

  • Palaeoecology and Forager Subsistence Strategies during the
    Pleistocene–Holocene Transition: A Reinvestigation of the
    Zooarchaeological Assemblage from Spirit Cave, Mae Hong
    Son Province, Thailand
    Cyler Conrad, Charles Higham, Masaki Eda, and Ben Marwick
  • Sex and Geographic Differences in Health of the Early Inhabitants of the Mariana Islands
    Michael Pietrusewsky, Michele Toomay Douglas, Marilyn K. Swift, Randy A. Harper, and Michael A. Fleming
  • Do Hiccups Echo? Late Holocene Interaction and Ceramic Production in Southern Papua New Guinea
    Gabrielius Vilgalys and Glenn Summerhayes
  • Paths to Power in the Early Stage of Colonialism: An Archaeological Study of the Sultanate of Banten, Java, Indonesia, the Seventeenth to Early Nineteenth Century
    Kaoru Ueda, Sonny C. Wibisono, Naniek Harkantiningsih, and Chen Sian Lim

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