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Multidisciplinary evidence for early banana (Musa cvs.) cultivation on Mabuyag Island, Torres Strait

Williams, Robert; Wright, Duncan; Crowther, Alison; Denham, Tim


Multiproxy archaeobotanical analyses (starch granule, phytolith and microcharcoal) for an agricultural terrace at Wagedoegam on Mabuyag Island, Torres Strait, Australia document extensive, low-intensity forms of plant management from at least 2145-1930 cal BP, including the planting of bananas (Musa cvs); and, intensive forms of agriculture from 1376-1293 cal BP, evidenced from terrace construction, banana cultivation and dramatic transformations to the local palaeoenvironment. The robust...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Ecology & Evolution
DOI: 10.1038/s41559-020-1278-3


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