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Trees and Woodlands of South India: Archaeological Perspectives

by Eleni Asouti & Dorian Q. Fuller

Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

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This volume introduces the ecological history of woodland vegetation in South India. It incorporates a critical overview of the theories of ecological on the subcontinent while detailing the history of long-term changes in the tree and shrub vegetation of the Indian peninsula that have resulted from climate change and the impact of human activities on the landscape. The volume also demonstrates the potential of microscopic analysis of archaeological wood charcoal remains for the purpose of palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. Included in the volume is a practical guide for the microscopic identification of the principal timber species of South India, accompanied by detailed information on the synecology and autecology of native trees and shrubs, and ethnographic evidence on their diverse uses and properties. An accompanying CD-ROM contains the complete identification guide and many full color illustrations of South Asian trees and shrubs to facilitate analysis. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS CHAPTER 1 – PRODUCING SOUTH INDIAN LANDSCAPES:THE INTERSECTION OF CLIMATE, LANDFORMS, ECONOMIES AND ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY CHAPTER 2 – INDIAN FOREST ECOLOGY AND THE POLITICS OF LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT CHAPTER 3 – BACKGROUND TO VEGETATION HISTORY: CLIMATE, GEOLOGY AND CULTURAL HISTORY CHAPTER 4 – SOUTH INDIAN WOODLAND VEGETATION: ITS COMPOSITION, STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS CHAPTER 5 – AN ABRIDGED ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY OF SOUTH INDIA CHAPTER 6 – AUTECOLOGY AND ETHNOBOTANY OF SOUTH INDIAN TREES AND SHRUBS CHAPTER 7 – WOOD IDENTIFICATION AND CHARCOAL ANALYSIS: A CONTRIBUTION TO THE STUDY OF ANCIENT VEGETATION AND PAST ECONOMIES IN SOUTH INDIA CHAPTER 8 – WOOD IDENTIFICATION KEY AND ANATOMICAL CHARACTERS CHAPTER 9 – WOOD ANATOMICAL DESCRIPTIONS BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX

Details of the book

Book :
Trees and Woodlands of South India: Archaeological Perspectives
Book ID :
1153
Author :
Eleni Asouti & Dorian Q. Fuller
ISBN 13 :
9788121512145
Year of Publication :
2010
Edition :
First
Publisher :
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Binding :
Hardcover
Pages :
342
Size :
23 x 29 cm
Weight :
1.67 kg
Illustrations :
5 maps & numerous b/w illustrations.

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