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dc.contributor.authorRoberts, Patrick
dc.contributor.authorGillingwater, Thomas H
dc.contributor.authorLahr, Marta Mirazon
dc.contributor.authorLee-Thorp, Julia
dc.contributor.authorMacCallum, Malcolm
dc.contributor.authorPetraglia, Michael
dc.contributor.authorWedage, Oshan
dc.contributor.authorHeenbanda, Uruwaruge
dc.contributor.authorWainnya-Laeto, Uruwaruge
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-10T22:15:29Z
dc.date.available2018-09-10T22:15:29Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.issn0300-7839
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/280021
dc.description.abstractHeadland and Bailey (1991) argued in Human Ecology that tropical forests could not support long-term human foraging in the absence of agriculture. Part of their thesis was based on the fact that supposedly isolated 'forest' foragers, such as the Wanniyalaeto (or Vedda) peoples of Sri Lanka, could be demonstrated to be enmeshed within historical trade networks and rely on crops as part of their overall subsistence. Yet, in the same volume and in the years that followed scholars have presented ethnographic and archaeological evidence, including from Sri Lanka, that counter this proposition, demonstrating the occupation and exploitation of tropical rainforest environments back to 38,000 years ago (ka) in this part of the world. However, archaeological and ethnohistorical research has yet to quantify the overall reliance of human foragers on tropical forest resources through time. Here, we report stable carbon and oxygen isotope data from historical Wanniyalaeto individuals from Sri Lanka, in full collaboration with the present-day members of this group, that suggest that while a number of individuals made use of agricultural resources in the recent past, others subsisted primarily on tropical forest resources as late as the 1800s.
dc.description.sponsorshipMax Planck Society Natural Environmental Research Council Boise Fund, University of Oxford European Research Council
dc.format.mediumPrint-Electronic
dc.languageeng
dc.publisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.titleHistorical Tropical Forest Reliance amongst the Wanniyalaeto (Vedda) of Sri Lanka: an Isotopic Perspective.
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage444
prism.issueIdentifier3
prism.publicationDate2018
prism.publicationNameHum Ecol Interdiscip J
prism.startingPage435
prism.volume46
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.27386
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-04-01
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1007/s10745-018-9997-7
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserved
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2018-01
dc.contributor.orcidMirazon Lahr, Mirazon Lahr [0000-0001-5752-5770]
dc.identifier.eissn1572-9915
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
cam.issuedOnline2018-04-24


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