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Peter Jordan editor of new Oxford Handbook

01 May 2014
Oxford Handbook

Peter Jordan, director of the Arctic Centre at the University of Groningen, is editor of an impressive new handbook about the archaeology and anthropology of hunter-gatherers. The handbook is one of the fourteen Oxford Handbooks who brings together the world's leading scholars to write review essays that evaluate the current thinking on a field or topic, and make an original argument about the future direction of the debate. The Oxford Handbooks are one of the most successful and cited series within scholarly publishing, containing in-depth, high-level articles by scholars at the top of their field and for the first time.

For more than a century, the study of hunting and gathering societies has been central to the development of both archaeology and anthropology as academic disciplines, and has also generated widespread public interest and debate. The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Hunter-Gatherers provides a comprehensive review of hunter-gatherer studies to date, including critical engagements with older debates, new theoretical perspectives, and renewed obligations for greater engagement between researchers and indigenous communities. Chapters provide in-depth archaeological, historical, and anthropological case-studies, and examine far-reaching questions about human social relations, attitudes to technology, ecology, and management of resources and the environment, as well as issues of diet, health, and gender relations - all central topics in hunter-gatherer research, but also themes that have great relevance for modern global society and its future challenges.

Peter Jordan is the director of the Arctic Centre since February 2013, and a world leading expert in the study of Northern hunter-gatherers. His current research has a strong focus on Climate Change and Technologic Innovation among Circumpolar Hunter-Gatherers.

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