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"Was Papua New Guinea an Early Agriculture Pioneer?"
Was Papua New Guinea an Early Agriculture Pioneer?
trefwoorden: 8000 BCE - Papoea Nieuw Guinea - landbouw
Once considered a "Neolithic backwater" by archaeologists, Papua New Guinea is emerging as one of the handful of places on Earth where agricultural practices developed independently from other cultures.
The evidence, reported June 19 on the Science Express Web site by Tim Denham, an archaeologist at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, and colleagues, may put an end to a long-standing debate on the origin of agriculture in the swampy highlands on the island nation.
"People were definitely exploiting plants, including taro, at Kuk Swamp approximately 10,000 calendar years before present," said Denham. "There is then-evidence of banana cultivation from 6,950 to 6,440 calendar years before present."
Lees verder bij: National Geographic (23 juni 2003)