«BULLETIN OF THE IRKUTSK STATE UNIVERSITY. GEOARCHAEOLOGY, ETHNOLOGY, AND ANTHROPOLOGY SERIES»
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List of issues > «Geoarchaeology, Ethnology, and Anthropology Series». 2013. Vol. 1

Reconsidering Methodological Holism in the Middle Holocene Cis-Baikal’s «Post-Hiatus» Period

Author(s)
Ben A. Shepard
Abstract

Recent archaeological studies of the Cis-Baikal describe the region’s Middle Holocene prehistory in terms of two broad culture-historic units – the «pre-hiatus» and «post-hiatus» periods (approx. 8000–7000 cal BP and 6000–4000 cal BP, respectively). In this paper I discuss the implications of the «post-hiatus» construct for the study of Southern Siberia’s prehistoric forager inhabitants, and suggest that while this monolithic grouping enabled archaeologists to make highly productive comparisons between chronologically discontinuous populations, it has also fostered the development of an ahistoric and antiindividualistic approach to cultural change in Western scholarship on the region.

Keywords
Cis-Baikal, post-hiatus, holistic approaches, culture change
UDC
902(571.53)«627»
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