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By Peter Veth, Mike Smith, Peter Hiscock

Desolate tract Peoples: Archaeological views offers an summary of hunter-gatherers in wasteland landscapes. Written via a world roster of specialists, this quantity examines the foremost innovations important to realizing human version to marginal environments and the behavioral and trust platforms that underpin those suggestions. wasteland Peoples brings jointly stories from deserts as assorted because the sand dunes of Australia, the united states nice Basin, the coastal and excessive altitude deserts of South the United States, and the middle deserts of Africa. eventually, wasteland Peoples’ comparative strategy profiles present understandings and debates approximately cultural and ecological methods affecting hunter-gatherer societies in deserts.

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Veth 1989). This chapter tackles two of the key problems in archaeological investigations of early occupation of the Australian deserts: (1) How different was the settlement system of early settlers of the inland from that found in recent times and (2) how did foragers colonize the interior without the adaptive strategies of historic desert peoples? In answer to these questions we advance the propositions that much of the Australian interior was initially colonized during a period of higher rainfall and more abundant surface water and food resources – a period in which a dedicated desert adaptation of the historic kind was not in place – and that elements of this pattern of early subsistence continued until the LGM, hence supporting a model in which some of the key features found in historic desert life have accumulated only since the terminal Pleistocene.

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