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Archaeofauna and Archaeobotany studies in Northwestern South Asia: Past, Present, and Future

Author(s): Richard Meadow

Year: 2017

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Both Zooarchaeological and Paleoethnobotanical studies have been carried out on animal and plant remains from archaeological sites in northwestern South Asia for at least a century. These investigations, while providing important insights into the hunter-gatherer and agro-pastoral economies of the region, have lagged behind those carried out in other parts of the world in both quantity and quality. Indigenous practitioners of both sub-disciplines are few, and interest in these aspects of archaeology is poorly developed locally. Studies by non-indigenous practitioners have also been limited and reports of analyses slow to be published. In this presentation I highlight reasons for these shortcomings - both institutional and intellectual - and discuss the promise for future work in the region.


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Archaeofauna and Archaeobotany studies in Northwestern South Asia: Past, Present, and Future. Richard Meadow. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429154)


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South Asia


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min long: 59.678; min lat: 4.916 ; max long: 92.197; max lat: 37.3 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17656

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America