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Between foraging and farming: Strategic responses to the Holocene Thermal Maximum in Southeast Asia

Oxenham, M; Hoang Trinh, H; Willis, A; Jones, R; Domett, K; Cobo Castillo, C; Wood, R; ... Buckley, H; + view all (2018) Between foraging and farming: Strategic responses to the Holocene Thermal Maximum in Southeast Asia. Antiquity , 92 (364) pp. 940-957. 10.15184/aqy.2018.69. Green open access

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Abstract

Large, ‘complex’ pre-Neolithic hunter-gatherer communities thrived in southern China and northern Vietnam, contemporaneous with the expansion of farming. Research at Con Co Ngua in Vietnam suggests that such hunter-gatherer populations shared characteristics with early farming communities: high disease loads, pottery, complex mortuary practices and access to stable sources of carbohydrates and protein. The substantive difference was in the use of domesticated plants and animals—effectively representing alternative responses to optimal climatic conditions. The work here suggests that the supposed correlation between farming and a decline in health may need to be reassessed.

Type: Article
Title: Between foraging and farming: Strategic responses to the Holocene Thermal Maximum in Southeast Asia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2018.69
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2018.69
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Southeast Asia, Con Co Ngua, hunter-gatherers, domestication, palaeopathology
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10061127
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