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Bioarchaeology and Climate Change: A View from South Asian Prehistory

Gwen Robbins Schug

Abstract

During the second millennium B.C. hundreds of villages were founded in peninsular India. The people of the Deccan Chalcolithic period relied on farming drought-resistant barley and wheat. They raised cattle, sheep, and goats; maintained hunting and foraging traditions; and utilized the resources gathered from local lakes and forest habitats for subsistence, construction, and fuel. Throughout this time, Chalcolithic people successfully colonized the peninsula despite the challenges of living in a semi-arid climate and unpredictable monsoon rainfall. By 1400 B.C. their settlements were thriving, ... More

Keywords: archaeology, human remains, bioarchaeology, subsistence transition, climate change, Asia, India, prehistory, skeleton, bone

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813036670
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813036670.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gwen Robbins Schug, author
Appalachian State University