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

Date

2005

Authors

Fairbairn, Andrew

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Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

Abstract

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 Southeast Asia. Archaeobotanical methods exist to fill the void, but full implementation requires a change in general archaeological and palaeoecological practice.

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Keywords: archaeological evidence; botany; Holocene; plant; resource use; Asia; Eurasia; Malay Archipelago; New Guinea; Southeast Asia Agriculture; Archaeobotany; New Guinea; Oceania; Southeast Asia

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World Archaeology

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Journal article

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DOI

10.1080/00438240500395748

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2037-12-31