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Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherers of the Baikal Region, Siberia
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Siberia's Lake Baikal region is an archaeologically unique and emerging area of hunter-gatherer research, offering insights into the complexity, variability, and dynamics of long-term culture change. The exceptional quality of archaeological materials recovered there facilitates interdisciplinary studies whose relevance extends far beyond the region. The Baikal Archaeology Project—one of the most comprehensive studies ever conducted in the history of subarctic archaeology—is conducted by an international multidisciplinary team studying Middle Holocene (about 9,000 to 3,000 years B.P.) hunter-gatherers of the region. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the project includes scholars in archaeology, physical anthropology, ethnography, molecular biology, geophysics, geochemistry, and paleoenvironmental studies.

This book presents the current team's research findings on questions about long-term patterns of hunter-gatherer adaptive strategies. Grounded in interdisciplinary approaches to primary research questions of cultural change and continuity over 6,000 years, the project utilizes advanced research methods and integrates diverse lines of evidence in making fundamental and lasting contributions to hunter-gatherer archaeology.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. DVD Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xx
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  1. 1. Holocene Climate, Environmental Change, and Neolithic Biocultural Discontinuity in the Baikal Region
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. 2. Radiocarbon Dating of Middle Holocene Culture History in Cis-Baikal
  2. pp. 27-49
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  1. 3. Mesolithic and Neolithic Mortuary Complexes in the Baikal Region
  2. pp. 51-86
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  1. 4. Variability in Bronze Age Mortuary Practices in the Little Sea Microregion of Cis-Baikal
  2. pp. 87-106
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  1. 5. Uncovering the Genetic Landscape of Prehistoric Cis-Baikal
  2. pp. 107-119
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  1. 6. Genetic Diversity in Native Siberians: Implications for the Prehistoric Settlement of the Cis-Baikal Region
  2. pp. 121-134
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  1. 7. Health and Behavior in Mid-Holocene Cis-Baikal: Biological Indicators of Adaptation and Culture Change
  2. pp. 135-173
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  1. 8. Diet Reconstruction of Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherers in the Lake Baikal Region
  2. pp. 175-191
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  1. 9. Skeletal Morphology, Climatic Adaptation, and Habitual Behavior among Mid-Holocene Cis-Baikal Populations
  2. pp. 193-216
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  1. 10. Identifying Hunter-Gatherer Mobility Patterns Using Strontium Isotopes
  2. pp. 217-238
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  1. 11. The Bronze Age in Cis-Baikal: A Review of Research and Future Prospects
  2. pp. 239-256
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  1. Epilogue: Middle Holocene Cis-Baikal Hunter-Gatherers in Overview
  2. pp. 257-260
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 261-312
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 313-319
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