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An archaeobotanical perspective on Holocene plant-use practices in lowland northern New Guinea

Fairbairn, Andrew


Existing archaeobotanical and palynological records of plant use in the northern New Guinea lowlands are reviewed in light of recent work at Kuk and theoretical refocusing on plant use practice. A practice-based approach is supported as the most useful way of investigating the highly problematical area of tropical plant food production. The existing direct record of past plant use in lowland New Guinea is considered woefully inadequate to achieve this task, as is that in Near Oceania and Island...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: World Archaeology
DOI: 10.1080/00438240500395748


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