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Ancient Immigrants: Archaeology And Maritime Migrations

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This chapter examines several examples of how archaeology can illuminate the understanding of past human migrations, focusing on four maritime migrations that played an important role in human history over the past 100,000 years, the methods used to reconstruct the social, demographic, and ecological effects of such migrations, and the increasing importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in the study of human migration processes. The emphasis is on archaeological and anthropological examples of major coastal or maritime migrations that significantly expanded the geographic distribution of humans, with major repercussions for world history. The chapter also explores some of the fundamental methods and problems inherent in the archaeological study of human migrations, demonstrating that the most effective and comprehensive study of ancient migrations involves interdisciplinary approaches that use multiple and independent lines of evidence to reconstruct the past.

Keywords: archaeology; maritime migrations



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