Another burning question: Hunter-gatherer exploitation of Macrozamia spp

Asmussen, Brit (2009) Another burning question: Hunter-gatherer exploitation of Macrozamia spp. Archaeology in Oceania, 44 3: 142-149.

Author Asmussen, Brit
Title Another burning question: Hunter-gatherer exploitation of Macrozamia spp
Formatted title Another burning question: Hunter-gatherer exploitation of Macrozamia spp.
Journal name Archaeology in Oceania
ISSN 0728-4896
0003-8121
1834-4453
Publication date 2009-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 44
Issue 3
Start page 142
End page 149
Total pages 8
Place of publication Sydney, NSW, Australia
Publisher University of Sydney
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Formatted abstract Macrozamia seeds have long been considered an important economic resource to Australian hunter-gatherers. As a result of limited ecological data during the 1970's-1980's, seed production in Macrozamia spp. has been conceptualised as low yield and irregular, but easily stimulated through pyrogenic manipulation to produce high yield, regular resource gluts. This paper reviews and synthesises ecological data on Macrozamia ecology and seed production collated over the last few decades to argue that current archaeological conceptions of Macrozamia seed production and reproductive responses to fire are flawed, and to further consider how these resources were used in the past.
Keyword Macrozamia
Fire
Seed production
Australia
Hunter-gatherers
Conservation status
Riedlei Zamiaceae
Seed dispersal
Cycad
Australia
Reproduction
Population
Queensland
Communis
Habitat
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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