Hunter Gatherer Research

Southeast Asian hunters-gatherers

One million years and counting

Hunter Gatherer Research (2018), 4, (2), 153–176.


This paper is an edited and expanded version of the same-titled keynote lecture at the twelfth international Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (CHAGS) held in Penang, Malaysia on 23–28 July 2018. The nature and importance of Southeast Asian Pleistocene hominins were reviewed, as was the ‘negrito hypothesis’ that queries the genetic unity of the negrito populations of the region. The presence and status of today’s hunting-gathering societies of mainland, peninsular and island Southeast Asia was discussed, with notes about variations in lifestyles, economics and adherence to hunting and gathering explained.

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