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Starch analysis reveals prehistoric plant translocations and shell tool use, Marquesas Islands, Polynesia

Allen, Melinda S; Ussher, Ella


Starch analysis is proving particularly useful in tropical regions like the central Pacific where crop inventories are often dominated by starchy fruits and tubers and recovery of macrobotanical remains is rare. Analysis of 23 shell tools from the Marquesas Islands provides direct evidence for translocation of five traditional crop plants. Four taxa derive from the western Pacific, including Artocarpus altilis (breadfruit), Piper methysticum (kava), Colocasia esculenta (taro), and one or more...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2013.02.011


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