New Book: The Social Lives of Chinese Objects

The Social Lives of Chinese Objects is the first anthology of texts to apply Arjun Appadurai’s well-known argument on the social life of things to the discussion of artefacts made in China. The essays in this book look at objects as “things-in-motion,” a status that brings attention to the history of transmissions ensuing after the time and conditions of their production. How does the identity of an object change as a consequence of geographical relocation and/ or temporal transference?

New Book: Tectonic Archaeology

The effects of tectonic processes on archaeological sites are evidenced by earthquake damage, volcanic eruptions, and tsunami destruction. However, these processes affect a far broader sphere of landform structures, environment, and even climate that envelops an archaeological site and triggers human behavioural activities.

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New Book: Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene Microblade-based Industries in Northeastern Asia

The rise and fall of microblade technology during the late Pleistocene and early Holocene is not only a part of the panorama of global microlithization, but also a key question linked to human adaptive change in the face of climate fluctuation. This monograph creatively uses Lewis Binford’s macroecological approach developed from his book Constructing Frames of Reference (2001) against both interglacial and glacial climate conditions, to provide an explanation of variation and change among late Pleistocene and early Holocene microblade-based industries in northeastern Asia.

New Book: Megaliths of the World

Megaliths of the World, edited by Luc Laporte, Jean-Marc Large, Laurent Nespoulous, Chris Scarre, Tara Steimer-Herbet, brings together the latest research on megalithic monuments throughout the world. Many of these sites are well known, others less familiar, yet equally deserving of close attention.

New Book: Ancient Japan in East Asia: archeology, mythology, history.

The collection includes memoirs about the outstanding Russian orientalist, specialist in the history of peoples, countries and legal systems of the states of the Far East - Mikhail Vasilyevich Vorobyov, as well as articles and translations of sources on the history of primitive Korea and primitive, ancient and early medieval Japan until the beginning of the VIII century, presented by Russian and foreign researchers.

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FREE E-BOOK: Violence and the Rise of Centralized States in East Asia

[Free E-book] Dear friends of SEAA, the Cambridge University Press will be launching a new series titled "Cambridge Elements: Ancient East Asia.” The inaugural piece, "Violence and the Rise of Centralized States in East Asia.", by Mark Edward Lewis, will be FREE to download from March 10-24, 2022. See link for more information: https://www.cambridge.org/core/elements/violence-and-the-rise-of-central...

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