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Wetland drainage and agricultural transformations in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea

Ballard, Christopher


Models of prehistoric agricultural transformation in the New Guinea highlands have relied heavily on sequences of the use and abandonment of drained wetland gardens. Drawing on archaeological and oral historical lines of evidence, this paper offers a detailed account of wetland use in the Tari region of the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. The relatively late exploitation of the largest and most productive wetland in this region poses problems for models of agricultural change founded...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2001
Type: Journal article
Source: Asia Pacific Viewpoint


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