Unearthing the roots of agriculture: multi-disciplinary investigations of Pleistocene and Holocene plant exploitation in Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea

  • Denham, Tim (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Project Description

    The Project aims to clarify how early and independent agriculture emerged from pre-existing plant exploitation practices in New Guinea. Archaeological investigations at occupation sites in the Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area, southern Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea, will establish a chronology of plant exploitation during the Pleistocene and Holocene. Archaeological survey and excavations will focus on caves and rock shelters in a previously unstudied region. A multi-disciplinary suite of archaeobotanical (macrofossil and microfossil), archaeological, dating, molecular, palaeoecological, and stratigraphic analyses will register changes in past plant use through time for highland and highland fringe environments.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date26/01/0630/06/09

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD206,980.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD223,020.00
    • Monash University: AUD21,750.00