Indus Ethnobiology: New Perspectives From the Field is a unique and fascinating collection of interdisciplinary essays that study the Indus or Harappan Civilization of South Asia, one of the earliest urban civilizations. The essays in this volume utilize an ethnobiological approach to offer fresh insights into the sociocultural adaptations of the Indus people, as well as into urbanism and ecological and cultural change. Each article, written by a prominent scholar working in the region, studies animal and plant remains in order to explore issues such as environment, vegetation history, habitat exploitation, pastoralism, subsistence systems and agriculture. Incorporating biological, anthropological, and archeological theory, Indus Ethnobiology exemplifies what ethnobiology is and ought to be: a powerful source of ideas about the interrelationships between living organisms and human culture.
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Steven Weber researches the development and evolution of subsistence systems and complex societies. He is currently an Associate Professor at Washington State University Vancouver. William R. Belcher is currently employed with the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory on Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.Review:
At last, a collection of essays based upon systematically executed field research, reconstructing the subsistence patterns that contributed to developments in the Indus civilization. The book is a landmark study and model for any future research there and elsewhere. (Rita Wright)
Indus Ethnobiology, with its numerous fresh studies of faunal and botanical remains of the greater Indus Valley, is an excellent and long-awaited contribution to the field. It is the result of original research by young scholars who have brought to the field many new and innovative approaches. Without hesitation I would say that this volume is one of the most important contributions to the field in over fifty years. (J. Mark Kenoyer)
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