Special Issue "Advances in East Asian Agricultural Origins Studies: The Pleistocene to Holocene Transition"

A special issue of Quaternary (ISSN 2571-550X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Pei-Lin Yu
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Guest Editor
Department of Anthropology, Boise State University, ID 83725, USA
Interests: Ethnoarchaeology; human response to climate change; protected areas and Cultural Heritage law and policy in the U.S.; South America; and Asia; vulnerable populations in the Americas and Asia; hunting and gathering peoples; gender and technology; cultural transitions; traditional ecological knowledge; heritage values and repatriation practices; indigenous archaeology.
Prof. Ikeya Kazunobu
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Guest Editor
Department of Modern Society and Civilization, National Museum of Ethnology, Suita, Osaka 565-8511, Japan
Interests: Africa; Northeast Asia; Bangladesh; Japan; San; Somali; Chukchi; Japanese; environmental anthropology; cultural geography
Dr. Meng Zhang
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Guest Editor
Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001, USA
Interests: lithic technology; hunter-gatherer archaeology & anthropology; ethnoarchaeology; Chinese archaeology & anthropology; modernization in China; visual anthropology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Scientific understanding about domestication and the origins of food production in East Asia is undergoing rapid change based on new data from archeology, paleobiology, and paleoenvironmental studies. The earliest agricultural and pastoral societies emerged from the highly diverse habitats and Paleolithic cultures of East Asia. This offers an unprecedented opportunity to understand and predict variability in the tempo and mode of the Paleolithic to Neolithic transition. Advances in East Asian Agricultural Origins Studies: The Pleistocene to Holocene Transition aims to present the most advanced research from the varied regions of East Asia, with the purpose of evaluating the significance of Paleolithic cultural influences on the transition to Neolithic adaptations by comparing cultural evolutionary scenarios through time and across space. The array of approaches will be multidisciplinary, featuring quantitative, qualitative, and integrated data and methodologies. Understanding the transition from foraging to Neolithic agriculture, which was among the most dramatic and influential in the history of modern Homo sapiens, has ramifications for the study of the Late Quaternary growth of human populations, societal complexity, landscape use, migration, and impacts on ecosystems.

Dr. Pei-Lin Yu
Prof. Ikeya Kazunobu
Dr. Meng Zhang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • plant domestication
  • food production
  • agricultural and pastoral societies
  • cultural evolution
  • Late Quaternary
  • East Asia

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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