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Document Type(s):Book Chapter
Book Title:Nature and the Orient: The Environmental History of South and Southeast Asia
Article/Chapter Title:Early Man and Environment in South Asia 10,000 BC-500 AD
Editor(s):Grove, Richard H; Damodaran, Vinita; Sangwan, Satpal
Author(s):Allchin, Bridget
Publisher Name:Oxford University Press
Place of Publication:Delhi and New York
Date of Publication:1998
Annotation:Allchin discusses the relationship between human culture and the environment in South Asia from the beginnings of the Stone Age by placing it in the context of human cultural development in general. Using archaeological evidence, she emphasizes the mutually formative relationship between nature and culture in the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, and Chalcolithic periods and in different regions of South Asia before and after the Indus period. Contending that humans in South Asia and elsewhere seem to have exploited the environment as long ago as the Stone Age, she suggests that “a conscious awareness of the environment, and of its close relationship with the human race, goes back at least fifty thousand years, and probably much further” (p 32).
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