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University of Hawai'i Press
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Archaeological excavations have produced findings showing many important relationships between the culture of the Ryukyu Islands and that of surrounding areas, especially the islands of Kyushu and Taiwan.

The present study is a synthesis of findings from excavations in Kyushu and the Ryukyus, particularly those contributed by Japanese researchers published in the last decade and those resulting from recent fieldwork on the east coast of Taiwan. From his own excavations .and those of other archaeologists, the author has formulated phases of cultural development and has related them in a regional temporal framework. Included here is an extensive, detailed analysis of ceramic typology for southern Kyushu and proposed ceramic types and wares for the Ryukyus and Taiwan. The author suggests that cultural differences between Kyushu and the Ryukyus may have resulted from the isolation of small colonizing groups and through the interaction of the inhabitants with differing environments.

An important contribution to the literature on Far Eastern prehistory, this book also places Ryukyuan culture in the context of related neighboring cultures, and it should be of interest to anyone concerned with East Asian cultural history.

Table of Contents

  1. HALF-TITLE PAGE
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  1. TITLE PAGE
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  1. COPYRIGHT
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. MAPS
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  1. FIGURES
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  1. PLATES
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  1. TABLES
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  1. PREFACE
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  1. INTRODUCTION
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  1. 1: SOUTHERN KYUSHU, THE RYUKYUS, AND EASTERN TAIWAN–THE GEOGRAPHICAL BACKGROUND
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  1. 2: THE SEQUENCE IN SOUTHERN KYUSHU
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  1. 3: THE SEQUENCE IN THE SATSUNAN ISLANDS
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  1. 4: THE SEQUENCE IN AMAMI AND OKINAWA
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  1. 5: THE SEQUENCE IN THE SAKISHIMA ISLANDS
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  1. 6: THE PREHISTORIC SEQUENCE IN EASTERN TAIWAN
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  1. 7: FITTING TOGETHER THE SEQUENCES
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  1. 8: FORMULATION OF PHASES
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  1. 9: PHASES AND ADAPTATION IN RYUKYUAN CULTURE HISTORY
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  1. PLATES
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  1. APPENDIX 1: RECONSTRUCTION OF THE REEF ECOLOGY FROM SHELLS AND FISH BONES
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  1. APPENDIX 2: CHARACTERS FOR PLACE NAMES, SITES, AND TYPES
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  1. SOURCES IN WESTERN LANGUAGES
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  1. SOURCES IN JAPANESE
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  1. SOURCES IN CHINESE
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  1. INDEX
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  1. ABOUT THIS BOOK
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  1. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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  1. BACK COVER
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824880699
MARC Record
OCLC
1053886563
Launched on MUSE
2018-09-19
Open Access
Yes
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