Early animal husbandry and socio-political complexity in the Asia-Pacific

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    Description

    This project will investigate the origins of animal husbandry and its link to the creation of wealth, the development of socio-political prestige systems, the rise of inequality, and the coevolutionary effects of the domestication process on pigs. It focuses on 15 stratified Neolithic archaeological sites in the tropical island region of Island Southeast Asia and the Pacific dating between 4000-500 years ago. An expected outcome will be the establishment of an integrated evolutionary theoretical model that could be applied to analyzing agricultural transitions globally. Such a model predicts socio-political and rational economic strategies in pig management systems and can be tested using zooarchaeological analyses.
    StatusActive
    Effective start/end date2/03/201/03/23

    Funding

    • Australian National University (ANU): AUD18,000.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD409,297.00

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