The Global History of Human Migration

Rating: Peter Bellwood (ed). 2013. The Global Prehistory of Human Migration. Wiley. ISBN978 1 118 97059 1 We are used to the idea of migration, largely as a movement of people. If we go back in time, the the various ‘Out of Africa’ hypotheses help us to understand the spread of modern Hominins/Hominids. There is an assumption that there is movement but often of a  “silent” people. I would guess there is less focus on the language of such people […]

First Migrants

Rating: Bellwood, Peter. 2013. First Migrants. Wily Blackwell. ISBN 978 4051 8908 8. One of the first topics I ever covered was human development. Fascinating. OK, maybe not when I was seen demonstrating brachiation by the Principal, but a good set of lessons nonetheless! It aroused my interest in the point that I’d previously buried in my thinking – human migration at the scale I was considering was an evolutionary process as well. The go-to text of the day was […]

A Consumer’s Guide to Archaeological Science

Rating: Mary E Malainey. 2012. A Consumer’s guide to Archaeological Science. Springer.  ISBN 978 1 4419 5703 0 The increasing complexity of environmental science requires an equally increased sophistication in the use of techniques and an understanding of the limitations. I think it would be fair to say that there are few archaeologists trained in environmental archaeology (and, analogously, the same would apply to most sciences/scientists). Each has their speciality but there is a need to know at least how […]

Biodiversity in Agriculture

 Rating: Gepts P, Famula TR, Bettinger RL, Brush SB, Damania AB, McGuire PE and Qualset CO. (eds). 2012. Biodiversity in Agriculture. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978 0 521 17087 1.   Many years ago when interest in environmental science started one of our key texts was Ucko and Dimbleby’s “Domestication and Exploitation of Plants and Animals”. This was a set of conference proceedings whose basic tenet was to examine how we came to have our modern set of plants and […]