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Quaternary Environmental Change in Southern Africa: Physical and Human Dimensions, edited by Jasper Knight & Stephan W. Grab

Quaternary Environmental Change in Southern Africa: Physical and Human Dimensions, edited by... Quaternary Environmental Change in Southern Africa: Physical and Human Dimensions. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2016, 436 pp. isbn 978-1-107-05579-7. £ 99.99 (Hardcover).Landscape studies in southern Africa have been impeded by the presence of only a handful of stratified (mostly cave) sites that connect human and environmental processes. However, the pace of archaeological research, particularly in South Africa, has accelerated over the last two decades (e.g., Lombard et al. 2012; Antonites et al. 2016; Sealey 2016). Sixteen years have passed since the publication of the last synthetic volume covering the evolution of humans and landscapes in the southern African Cenozoic (Partridge & Maud 2000). To remedy this situation, Quaternary Environmental Change in Southern Africa (2016) is a timely, comprehensive overview of the region’s paleoanthropological, archaeological and environmental science research.The organization of the book is fluid, but in the first chapter the editors indicate there are three sections to the manuscript, while not stating where these divisions precisely lie (p. 13). The first section presents the pre-Holocene background of southern Africa. These chapters can be roughly subdivided into paleontological and landscape-focused research that establishes the evolutionary trajectory of the Quaternary period. Landscapes are viewed holistically, as dynamic interactions between organic and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

Quaternary Environmental Change in Southern Africa: Physical and Human Dimensions, edited by Jasper Knight & Stephan W. Grab

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 15 (1): 3 – Dec 7, 2017

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1612-1651
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2191-5784
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10.1163/21915784-12340006
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Quaternary Environmental Change in Southern Africa: Physical and Human Dimensions. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2016, 436 pp. isbn 978-1-107-05579-7. £ 99.99 (Hardcover).Landscape studies in southern Africa have been impeded by the presence of only a handful of stratified (mostly cave) sites that connect human and environmental processes. However, the pace of archaeological research, particularly in South Africa, has accelerated over the last two decades (e.g., Lombard et al. 2012; Antonites et al. 2016; Sealey 2016). Sixteen years have passed since the publication of the last synthetic volume covering the evolution of humans and landscapes in the southern African Cenozoic (Partridge & Maud 2000). To remedy this situation, Quaternary Environmental Change in Southern Africa (2016) is a timely, comprehensive overview of the region’s paleoanthropological, archaeological and environmental science research.The organization of the book is fluid, but in the first chapter the editors indicate there are three sections to the manuscript, while not stating where these divisions precisely lie (p. 13). The first section presents the pre-Holocene background of southern Africa. These chapters can be roughly subdivided into paleontological and landscape-focused research that establishes the evolutionary trajectory of the Quaternary period. Landscapes are viewed holistically, as dynamic interactions between organic and

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Journal of African ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Dec 7, 2017

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