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Bioarchaeology and Climate ChangeA View from South Asian Prehistory$
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Gwen Robbins Schug

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036670

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036670.001.0001

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The Western Deccan Plateau

The Western Deccan Plateau

Environment and Climate

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Bioarchaeology and Climate Change

Clark Spencer Larsen

University Press of Florida

This chapter presents an overview of the physical environment and the paleoclimate record of peninsular India during the latter half of the Holocene. It begins by describing the geographical and ecological situation in the present-day state of Maharashtra, and then focuses specifically on the impact of the monsoon system on agricultural production. After describing the contemporary environment and climate, the chapter outlines paleoclimate research from diverse data sources and describes the current synthetic view of the late Holocene climate, which challenges previously accepted models for understanding human–environment interactions in the Deccan Chalcolithic period.

Keywords:   India, environment, climate, paleoclimate, monsoon, Deccan

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