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Plant exploitation on Sahul: From colonisation to the emergence of regional specialisation during the Holocene

Denham, Timothy; Fullagar, Richard; Head, Lesley

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Archaeobotanical evidence for plant exploitation in Sahul (Australia and New Guinea) and Near Oceania (Bismarck Archipelago and Solomon Islands) is reviewed for pre-20 ka BP sites. The Sahul evidence for colonisation, settlement and plant exploitation provides an analogue for understanding the diffusion of modern humans eastwards from Africa across southeast Asia and Indo-Malaysia. The patterns of behaviour exhibited by Sahulian colonists suggest that diffusion occurred across land masses,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/75103
Source: Quaternary International
DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2008.06.018

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