Archaeozoological records for the highlands of Papua New Guinea: Review of current evidence

01st December 2009

Sutton_etal AA69_Figure1aAlice Sutton, Mary-Jane Mountain, Ken Aplin, Sue Bulmer and Tim Denham

Archaeozoological records for seven occupation sites in the highlands of New Guinea are presented and reviewed. The sites were originally excavated between 1959 and 1981. More recent excavations have not documented comparable archaeozoological records. This paper aims to summarise unpublished research, together with some previously published results, for a broader audience, and elicit general trends within the data. Of significance are methodological insights, observations on Pleistocene and Holocene extinctions and the introduction of exotic fauna, and implications for understanding land-use and socio-economic histories during the late Holocene.

Image caption: Map of Papua New Guinea showing places mentioned in the paper (published in Australian Archaeology 69:42).
Alice Sutton, Mary-Jane Mountain, Ken Aplin, Sue Bulmer and Tim Denham
Archaeozoological records for the highlands of Papua New Guinea: Review of current evidence
December 2009
69
41-58
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