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Asian Perspectives
University of Hawaii Press
Peer reviewed
$120/yr. institutions
Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University

Asian Perspectives: the journal of archaeology for Asia and the Pacific publishes materials on the prehistory and archaeology of Asia and the Pacific regions. Subjects covered include archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, prehistoric linguistic reconstruction, historical analysis as applied to archaeological debates, palaeoanthropology, physical anthropology, and ethnography of interest to prehistorians. Regional reports summarizing current research and fieldwork are often presented, with some special issues focusing on a single topic. It is available through Project Muse, and is indexed in a plethora of scholarly anthropological indexes and abstracts.

The issues reviewed were Volume 54, Number 1, Spring 2015 and Volume 54, Number 2, Fall 2015. The Spring 2015 issue was a Special Issue on Current Perspectives on Korean Prehistory, with articles authored by scholars from various Korean, Hawaiian, and other institutions. Articles are heavily researched and referenced, and include: “Potential Contributions of Korean Pleistocene Hominin Fossils to Palaeoanthropology: A View from Ryonggok Cave,” “Diversity of Lithic Assemblages and Evolution of Late Palaeolithic Culture in Korea,” and “Sedentism, Settlements, and Radiocarbon Dates of Neolithic Korea.”

The Fall 2015 volume of Asian Perspectives features five scholarly articles about the regions of American Samoa, China during the Eastern Han Dynasty, the Mekong, Okinawa and Ryukyu ethnohistory and ethnography, and gold ornaments in Southeast Asia. It also offers three signed, scholarly book reviews.

Material here is well-researched and well-written, with excellent maps and tables and good black and white photographs. Any serious academic researcher in Asian anthropology or archaeology will need access to this publication.
01 May 2017
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