Dating the evidence for agricultural change in the highlands of New Guinea: The last 2000 years

04th January 2014

Map of New Guinea (published in Australian Archaeology 47:1).

Map of New Guinea (published in Australian Archaeology 47:1).

Simon G. Haberle

Introduction*

The last 2000 years of human history in the highlands of New Guinea have been shown to be a critical period in which agriculture, pig husbandry, and exchange networks assume features that are present in contemporary societies (Golson and Gardner 1990; Golson 1997). The appearance of an important productivity-enhancing agricultural technique, namely Casuarina agroforestry, represents the best documented and widespread event in palaeoecological records from New Guinea, and as such, allows us to examine its origin in space and time and to develop hypotheses regarding possible causes.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Haberle, S.G.
Dating the evidence for agricultural change in the highlands of New Guinea: The last 2000 years
December 1998
47
1–19
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