Origins of agriculture at Kuk Swamp in the highlands of New Guinea

Denham, T. P., Haberle, S. G., Lentfer, C., Fullagar, R., Field, J., Therin, M., Porch, N. and Winsborough, B. (2003) Origins of agriculture at Kuk Swamp in the highlands of New Guinea. Science, New Series 301 5630: 189-193. doi:10.1126/science.1085255

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Author Denham, T. P.
Haberle, S. G.
Lentfer, C.
Fullagar, R.
Field, J.
Therin, M.
Porch, N.
Winsborough, B.
Title Origins of agriculture at Kuk Swamp in the highlands of New Guinea
Journal name Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1095-9203
Publication date 2003-07-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1126/science.1085255
Volume New Series 301
Issue 5630
Start page 189
End page 193
Total pages 5
Place of publication Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Language eng
Subject 040606 Quaternary Environments
210106 Archaeology of New Guinea and Pacific Islands (excl. New Zealand)
040308 Palaeontology (incl.Palynology)
2101 Archaeology
Abstract Multidisciplinary investigations at Kuk Swamp in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea show that agriculture arose independently in New Guinea by at least 6950 to 6440 calibrated years before the present (cal yr B.P.). Plant exploitation and some cultivation occurred on the wetland margin at 10,220 to 9910 cal yr B.P. (phase 1), mounding cultivation began by 6950 to 6440 cal yr B.P. (phase 2), and ditched cultivation began by 4350 to 3980 cal yr B.P. (phase 3). Clearance of lower montane rainforests began in the early Holocene, with modification to grassland at 6950 to 6440 cal yr B.P. Taro (Colocasia esculenta) was utilized in the early Holocene, and bananas (Musa spp.) were intensively cultivated by at least 6950 to 6440 cal yr B.P.
Keyword Kuk Swamp
Papua New Guinea
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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