|Title:||Eden in the East: The Drowned Continent of Southeast Asia|
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|Publisher:||Orion Publishing (July 1, 1999)|
Stephen Oppenheimer qualified in medicine from Oxford University in 1971. After qualifying, he followed a career in tropical paediatrics, and has spent most o f the last twenty years working and travelling in the Far East and Pacific region. From 1990 to 1994 he was Professor o f Paediatrics at the Chinese University o f Hong Kong.
In this book Stephen Oppenheimer places Southeast Asia for the first time as the key to the first roots of civilisation. It provides compelling evidence that Polynesians and other argonauts of the Indian and Pacific Oceans originated in eastern Indonesia back in the Ice Age rather than in China, as previously thought. This finding alone forces the realisation that the Polynesians' skills of sailing, navigation, astronomy and agriculture had their origins, back in Indonesia, during the Ice Age. Another objective tool that I use to explore ancient East-West cultural influence in the last part of the book is comparative mythology.
This book was writ- Pacific-at least 30,000-45,000 years ago. Cro-Magnon man in ten for a broad popular audience, and hence it may give us a Europe was not alone in having to contend with the last Ice Age. misleading impression of what Oppenheimer really thinks In Eden in the East, Stephen Oppenheimer brings this former about the hows and whys of prehistory. On the face of it, none- Southeast Asian subcontinent to the foreground of our con- theless, he accepts the commonsense premise that great things in sciousness. He asks the obvious question
In Eden in the East, Stephen Oppenheimer puts forward the astonishing This book completetly changes the established and conventional view of prehistory by relocating the Lost Eden-the world's first civilisation-to Southeast Asia. The geology, genetics, and linguistics he rallies in support seem sound.
This book completetly changes the established and conventional view of prehistory by relocating the Lost Eden-the world's first civilisation-to Southeast Asia. Of course, he probably wrote it while Southeast Asia was on its dramatic rise in the mid 1990s, soon to fall precipitously. He is a doctor so his field studies of sickle cell anemia (known as resistant to malaria) in Papua New Guinea and elsewhere in Southeast Asia triggered his ideas. Further his use of archaeological evidence, linguistics and mythical comparison provide provocative, if often difficult to follow, ideas on how the people, technology and ideas of Southeast Asia have fit into the history of Western thought and traditions. In two years of graduate study on Southeast Asia, we never discussed any of these ideas. Are they preposterous?
and culture in Eurasia. In 2002, Oppenheimer worked as consultant on a television documentary series, The Real Eve, produced by the American cable TV network the Discovery Channel and directed by Andrew Piddington. The series was known as Where We Came From in the United Kingdom. The "Eve" in the title refers to Mitochondrial Eve, a name used for the most recent common ancestor of all humans in the matrilineal (mother to daughter) line of descent.
author : Stephen Oppenheimer. The Origins of the British. Out of Eden: the peopling of the world.
By Stephen Oppenheimer. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1998. 560 pp. John Edward Terrell. Control of Fire in the Paleolithic: Evaluating the Cooking Hypothesis. Potential Energy and the Body Electric: Cardiac Waves, Brain Waves, and the Making of Quantities into Qualities. Engaged Anthropology: Diversity and Dilemmas: An Introduction to Supplement 2.