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Pre-Austronesian dispersal of banana cultivars West from New Guinea: linguistic relics from Eastern Indonesia

Denham, Tim; Donohue, Mark


Against the backdrop of a comprehensive archaeobotanical review, we present linguistic evidence that allows us to develop a model of the dispersal of bananas westwards from New Guinea. This westward dispersal is a window on pre-Austronesian contact between New Guinea and regions to the west. The linguisticallyderived model is compatible with archaeobotanical and botanical data. Our interpretation accords with evidence for maritime interactions from the early Holocene in western New Guinea and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Archaeology in Oceania
DOI: 10.1002/j.1834-4453.2009.tb00041.x


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