ANT 4340 - Paleoanthropology of South Asia

This class will focus on the archaeological record of prehistoric peoples in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Beginning with an exploration of the earliest known record of human occupation in the Pleistocene, we will move through different chrono-cultural contexts, examining diverse lifestyles of prehistoric peoples, and exploring the intersections among ecology, settlement, subsistence, and health. The class focuses primarily on human skeletal remains as a source of archaeological evidence, and we will often use an adaptationist perspective to understand developments in Indian prehistory. Attention will also be paid to the archaeological, geological, and paleoclimatic evidence as well as the history of archaeology in India, beginning with the British colonial period.
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