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Functional studies of flaked and ground stone artefacts reveal starchy tree nut and root exploitation in mid-Holocene highland New Guinea

Field, Judith; summerhayes, glenn; Luu, S; Coster, A C F; Ford, Anne; Mandui, H; Fullagar, Richard; Hayes, E; Leavesley, M; Lovave, M; Kealhofer, L

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Ground stone technology for processing starchy plant foods has its origins in the late Pleistocene, with subsequent intensification and transformation of this technology coinciding with the global emergence of agriculture in the early Holocene. On the island of New Guinea, agriculture first emerges in the highland Wahgi Valley, potentially from c. 9 kya, and clearly evident by 6.5 kya. Approximately 400 km further east in the highland Ivane Valley, long-term occupation sequences span the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/264059
Source: Holocene
DOI: 10.1177/0959683620919983

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