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New Evidence and Revised Interpretations of Early Agriculture in Highland New Guinea

Denham, Timothy; Lentfer, Carol; Haberle, Simon

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This review of the evidence for early agriculture in New Guinea supported by new data from Kuk Swamp demonstrates that cultivation had begun there by at least 6950-6440 cal BP and probably much earlier. Contrary to previous ideas, the first farming in New Guinea was not owed to South-East Asia, but emerged independently in the Highlands. Indeed plants such as the banana were probably first domesticated in New Guinea and later diffused into the Asian continent.

dc.contributor.authorDenham, Timothy
dc.contributor.authorLentfer, Carol
dc.contributor.authorHaberle, Simon
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:44:12Z
dc.identifier.issn0003-598X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/25093
dc.description.abstractThis review of the evidence for early agriculture in New Guinea supported by new data from Kuk Swamp demonstrates that cultivation had begun there by at least 6950-6440 cal BP and probably much earlier. Contrary to previous ideas, the first farming in New Guinea was not owed to South-East Asia, but emerged independently in the Highlands. Indeed plants such as the banana were probably first domesticated in New Guinea and later diffused into the Asian continent.
dc.publisherAntiquity Publications
dc.sourceAntiquity
dc.subjectKeywords: agricultural history; cultivation; farming system; historical geography; Holocene; Asia; Eastern Hemisphere; Eurasia; Malay Archipelago; New Guinea; Southeast Asia; World Agriculture; Mid-Holocene; Musa bananas; New Guinea Highlands
dc.titleNew Evidence and Revised Interpretations of Early Agriculture in Highland New Guinea
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume78
dc.date.issued2004
local.identifier.absfor210102 - Archaeological Science
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4298648xPUB36
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationHaberle, Simon, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationDenham, Timothy, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationLentfer, Carol, Southern Cross University
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue302
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage839
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage857
dc.date.updated2015-12-07T11:22:06Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-14044250728
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