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Pohnpei Coring Records: The Natural Distribution of Cyrtosperma chamissonis and Neolithic Charcoal Particles

Athens, J. Stephen; Stevenson, Janelle


Dating, pollen, and charcoal particle findings are presented from two mangrove swamp cores recovered from Pohnpei, Eastern Caroline Islands, Micronesia. The cores, from opposite sides of the island, provide continuous sediment sequences dating from the early Holocene. Pollen analysis demonstrates that the giant swamp taro (Cyrtosperma chamissonis), an important cultigen on many islands in the Western Pacific, was growing on Pohnpei during prehuman times, indicating that its natural prehuman...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Pacific Archaeology


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