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Vegetable kingdoms : taro irrigation and Pacific prehistory

Spriggs, Matthew James Thomas


This thesis examines one particular avenue of agricultural intensification found in the Pacific, that of irrigation, with reference as to whether it has a more than purely technological significance in Pacific prehistory. To this encl the island of Aneityum in southern Vanuatu, where irrigation of taro (Colocasia esculenta) was traditionally important, has been studied in detail, through documentary sources, oral history, archaeological survey and ethnographic observation, to assess the...[Show more]

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Date published: 1981
Type: Thesis (PhD)
DOI: 10.25911/5d7638ec04d92


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