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

Fairbairn, Andrew (2005) An archaeobotanical perspective on Holocene plant-use practices in lowland northern New Guinea. World Archaeology, 37 4: 487-502. doi:10.1080/00438240500395748

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Author Fairbairn, Andrew
Title An archaeobotanical perspective on Holocene plant-use practices in lowland northern New Guinea
Journal name World Archaeology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0043-8243
1470-1375
Publication date 2005-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00438240500395748
Volume 37
Issue 4
Start page 487
End page 502
Total pages 16
Editor R. Osborne
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 430204 Archaeology of Complex Societies - Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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.
Keyword Archaeobotany
Agriculture
New Guinea
Oceania
Southeast Asia
Q-Index Code C1

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