The early exploitation of Southeast Asian mangroves: Bone technology from caves and open sites

Ryan J. Rabett*

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    Abstract

    This paper focuses on the contribution that the study of bone technology is making to the understanding of early tropical subsistence in Southeast Asia. Newly completed research suggests that during the period from the terminal Pleistocene to mid Holocene, bone tools may have featured prominently in coastal subsistence. There are indications that this technology may have had a particular association with hunting and gathering in the mangrove forests that proliferated along many coasts during this period. The study of these tools thus represents a rare chance to examine prehistoric extractive technologies, which are generally agreed to have been predominantly made on organic, nonpreserving media. The evidence presented also suggests that prehistoric foragers from this region possessed a good working understanding of the mechanical properties of bone and used bone implements where conditions and needs suited the parameters of this material.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)154-179
    Number of pages26
    JournalAsian Perspectives
    Volume44
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005

    Keywords

    • Bone technology
    • Coastal subsistence
    • Sundaland

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Arts and Humanities(all)
    • Archaeology
    • Anthropology

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