The Evolution and History of Human Populations in South Asia

Inter-disciplinary Studies in Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistics and Genetics

  • Michael D. Petraglia
  • Bridget Allchin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Human evolution and culture change in the Indian subcontinent

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael D. Petraglia, Bridget Allchin
      Pages 1-20
  3. Setting Foundations

  4. The Modern Scene

  5. New Worlds in the Holocene

  6. Concluding Remarks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 446-446
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 461-464

About this book


South Asia is home to a diverse range of prehistoric and contemporary cultures that include foragers, pastoralists, and farmers. In this book, archaeologists, biological anthropologists, geneticists and linguists are brought together in order to provide a comprehensive account of the history and evolution of human populations residing in the subcontinent. A wide range of topics and issues are addressed in this book, including hominin adaptations, behaviours, and dispersals; the origin and spread of food producing economies; and the cultural, biological and genetic relationship of foragers and settled communities. New theories, methodologies and interpretations presented in this book are bound to have a profound effect on the way in which the cultural record of South Asia is perceived and how this evolutionary history relates to events in the wider world.


Archaeology Biological Anthropology Chromosom DNA Evolution Genetics Human Evolution South Asia Vor- und Frühgeschichte forager holocene linguistics paleolithic prehistory

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael D. Petraglia
    • 1
  • Bridget Allchin
    • 2
  1. 1.Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary StudiesUniversity of CambridgeEngland
  2. 2.Ancient India & Iran TrustEngland

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