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The Power of Paradigms: Examining the Evidential Basis for Early to Mid-Holocene Pigs and Pottery in Melanesia

O'Connor, Susan; Barham, Anthony; Aplin, Ken; Dobney, Keith; Fairbairn, Andrew S.; Richards, Michael


The origin and timing of the introduction of pigs and pottery into New Guinea are contentious topics. Arguments have centred on whether domestic pigs and pottery technology entered New Guinea following the �Austronesian expansion� from Southeast Asia into Island Melanesia, c. 3,300 calBP, or in the early to mid-Holocene. We review the history of the debate and present new dates on pig bone and pottery contexts from archaeological sites, including Taora and Lachitu, on the north coast of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Pacific Archaeology


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