Trees and Woodlands of South India : Archaeological Perspectives


Trees and Woodlands of South India : Archaeological Perspectives

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 343 p./サイズ 200 bw and coloe illus
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781598742312
  • DDC分類 578.730954

Full Description

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.

Table of Contents

        List of Illustrations                      6  (2)
Acknowledgments 8 (1)
Producing South Indian Landscapes: The 9 (6)
Intersection of Climate, Landforms,
Economies, and Environmental History
Indian Forest Ecology and the Politics of 15 (14)
Landscape Management
Background to vegetation History: Climate, 29 (16)
Geology, and Cultural History
South Indian Woodland Vegetation: Its 45 (26)
Composition, Structure, and Dynamics
An Abridged Environmental History of South 71 (18)
Autecology and Ethnobotany of South Indian 89 (32)
Trees and Shrubs
Wood Identification and Charcoal Analysis: 121(16)
A Contribution to the Study of Ancient
Vegetation and Past Economies in South India
Wood Identification Key and Anatomical 137(8)
Wood Anatomical Descriptions 145(148)
Bibliography 293(16)
List of Plant Species With Details on Botanical 309(12)
Taxonomic Index 321(16)
Index 337(6)
About the Authors 343