From initial hominid settlement to the dawn of history... This book describes the human prehistory of the islands of Indonesia and Malaysia from initial hominid settlement, more than one million years ago, to the eve of the historical Hindu--Buddhist and Islamic civilizations. The archaeological record provides the central theme, and additional ...
From initial hominid settlement to the dawn of history... This book describes the human prehistory of the islands of Indonesia and Malaysia from initial hominid settlement, more than one million years ago, to the eve of the historical Hindu--Buddhist and Islamic civilizations. The archaeological record provides the central theme, and additional chapters deal with essential information from the palaeoenvironmental sciences and the disciplines of biological anthropology, linguistics, and social anthropology. The overall goal of the work is to bring a multidisciplinary focus to bear on questions concerning past cultural and biological developments within the region. Prehistory of the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago interests those concerned with the fields of Pleistocence environments, and archaeology, as also students and researchers with an active interest in Southeast Asia. From the Preface This book presents a multidisciplinary reconstruction of the prehistory of the modern nations of Indonesia and Malaysia, as viewed from the perspective of the whole South-East Asian and Australasian region. Since modern nation boundaries have little meaning for the student of the remote past, I refer to the region in the following chapters as "the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago." Several interlinked aspects of prehistory are reviewed, mainly from data produced by the disciplines of biological anthropology, linguistics and archaeology, and the overall time-span runs from about 2 million years ago to approximately AD 1000. In general, the book ceases with the historical civilisations of the first millennium AD, although it should be realised that prehistory sensu stricto continued in some remoteregions to almost the present day.
Peter Bellwood's 'Prehistory of the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago' appears to be the most valuable contribution to study of first stages of the Malays and Indonesians. It reconstructs the society of the Austronesians who were the ancestors of modern nations of Malaysia and Indonesia, and the ways by which they dispersed over the Archipelago. This is the second, updated edition of the monograph. Despite it's a scientific book, you undoubtedly will enjoy reading it. By the way, I should emphasize that it's devoted to highly complicated and serious scientific problem so that if you want to get a pleasure only, I recommend you to find other books. Bellwood's monograph is among the first choice for anyone interested in the human past, especially of Southeast Asia
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