BOOK REVIEWS First Islanders: Prehistory and Human Migration in Island Southeast Asia. Peter Bellwood. Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell, 2017. 384 pp., 63 ﬁgures, 17 plates, bibliographies, index. Hardcover US $95, ISBN 9781119251545; Paperback US $45, ISBN 9781119251552; E-book US $36, ISBN 9781119251583. Reviewed by Charles HIGHAM, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Otago, Dunedin This is the third iteration of Peter Bellwood’s ability of any single author to distil with synthesis of the prehistory of Island Southeast authority. It is therefore an innovative and Asia. The ﬁrst was published in 1985 as The sensible move on the part of Peter Bellwood Prehistory of the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago, the to invite twelve colleagues to contribute a second in 1997 with the same title. The pace section on their specialized ﬁelds. of research over the past two decades has, in Covering over a million years of human the words of the author, required a major settlement, the initial chapter on the envir- reassessment of the prehistory and early onment describes the sequence of climatic history of this region that stretches from changes that so altered the physical geogra- Taiwan to Timor and Sumatra to Seram. Ten phy. The sequence of cold and
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