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The Western Deccan Plateau

Clark Spencer Larsen

in Bioarchaeology and Climate Change

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036670
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041803 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036670.003.0002
The Western Deccan Plateau

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This chapter presents an overview of the physical environment and the paleoclimate record of peninsular India during the latter half of the Holocene. It begins by describing the geographical and ecological situation in the present-day state of Maharashtra, and then focuses specifically on the impact of the monsoon system on agricultural production. After describing the contemporary environment and climate, the chapter outlines paleoclimate research from diverse data sources and describes the current synthetic view of the late Holocene climate, which challenges previously accepted models for understanding human–environment interactions in the Deccan Chalcolithic period.

Keywords: India; environment; climate; paleoclimate; monsoon; Deccan

Chapter.  4764 words. 

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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