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International Monographs in Prehistory: Archaeological Series
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Subsistence-Settlement Systems and Intersite Variability in the Moroiso Phase of the Early Jomon Period of Japan
207 pages, 106 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-87962-133-6 $179.00/£132.00 Hb Published (January 2001)
ISBN 978-1-87962-132-9 $59.95/£47.95 Pb Published (January 2001)
eISBN 978-1-78920-170-3 eBook
This book examines the settlement patterns and intersite variability in lithic assemblages of Early Jomon (ca. 5000 BP) hunter-gatherers in Japan. A model is proposed that links regional settlement patterns and intersite lithic assemblage variability to residential mobility. The results of this study suggest that the Early Jomon people were not sedentary, as previously assumed, but instead moved their residential basis seasonally. The implications of this result are discussed in the context of the development of hunter-gatherer cultural complexity in general and the course of Japanese prehistory in particular.
Junko Habu is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley. She most recently co-edited Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology (Springer, 2017).