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.
|Effective start/end date||26/01/06 → 30/06/09|
- Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD206,980.00
- Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD223,020.00
- Monash University: AUD21,750.00