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Title Ten thousand years of cultivation at Kuk Swamp in the highlands of Papua New Guinea / edited by Jack Golson, Tim Denham, Philip Hughes, Pamela Swadling and John Muke.

Publication Info. Acton, A.C.T. : ANU Press, 2017.


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Description 1 online resource (xxxi, 512 pages) : chiefly colour illustrations, maps.
Series Terra australis ; 46
Terra Australis ; 46.
Summary Kuk is a settlement at c. 1600 m altitude in the upper Wahgi Valley of the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea, near Mount Hagen, the provincial capital. The site forms part of the highland spine that runs for more than 2500 km from the western head of the island of New Guinea to the end of its eastern tail. Until the early 1930s, when the region was first explored by European outsiders, it was thought to be a single, uninhabited mountain chain. Instead, it was found to be a complex area of valleys and basins inhabited by large populations of people and pigs, supported by the intensive cultivation of the tropical American sweet potato on the slopes above swampy valley bottoms. With the end of World War II, the area, with others, became a focus for the development of coffee and tea plantations, of which the establishment of Kuk Research Station was a result. Large-scale drainage of the swamps produced abundant evidence in the form of stone axes and preserved wooden digging sticks and spades for their past use in cultivation. Investigations in 1966 at a tea plantation in the upper Wahgi Valley by a small team from The Australian National University yielded a date of over 2000 years ago for a wooden stick collected from the bottom of a prehistoric ditch. The establishment of Kuk Research Station a few kilometres away shortly afterwards provided an ideal opportunity for a research project.
Contents An Introduction to the Investigations at Kuk Swamp / Jack Golson -- Part One: Agriculture in a World, Regional and Local Setting. Early Agriculture in World Perspective / Peter Bellwood -- Domesticatory Relationships in the New Guinea Highlands / Tim Denham -- Environment and Food Production in Papua New Guinea / R. Michael Bourke -- The Wetland Field Systems of the New Guinea Highlands / Chris Ballard -- Part Two: Kuk Swamp and its Store of Evidence. Kuk Swamp / Philip Hughes, Tim Denham and Jack Golson -- Volcanic Ash at Kuk / Russell Blong, Thomas Wagner and Jack Golson -- Tibito Tephra, Taim Tudak and the Impact of Thin Tephra Falls / Russell Blong -- Palaeoecology / Simon G. Haberle, Carol Lentfer and Tim Denham -- The Archaeobotany of Kuk / Carol Lentfer and Tim Denham -- Part Three: People in the Swamp and on its Margins. Phase 1: The Case for 10,000-Year-Old Agriculture at Kuk / Tim Denham, Jack Golson and Philip Hughes -- Phase 2: Mounded Cultivation During the Mid Holocene / Tim Denham, Jack Golson and Philip Hughes -- Phase 3: The Emergence of Ditches / Tim Denham, Jack Golson and Philip Hughes -- Phase 4: Major Disposal Channels, Slot-Like Ditches and Grid-Patterned Fields / Tim Bayliss-Smith, Jack Golson and Philip Hughes -- Phase 5: Retreating Forests, Flat-Bottomed Ditches and Raised Fields / Tim Bayliss-Smith, Jack Golson and Philip Hughes -- Phase 6: Impact of the Sweet Potato on Swamp Landuse, Pig Rearing and Exchange Relations / Tim Bayliss-Smith, Jack Golson and Philip Hughes -- Houses in and out of the Swamp / Jack Golson -- Part Four: Artefacts of Wood and Stone. The Kuk Artefacts, an Introduction / Jack Golson -- Artefacts of Wood / Jack Golson -- Kuk Stone Artefacts: Technology, Usewear and Residues / Richard Fullagar with Jack Golson -- Stone Sources and Petrology of Kuk Swamp Artefacts / Marjorie Sullivan, John Burton, David Ellis, Jack Golson and Philip Hughes -- Part Five: The Traditional Owners. Hagen Settlement Histories: Dispersals and Consolidations / Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart -- Kuk Phase 7, 1969-1990, the Kuk Research Station: A Colonial Interlude / Paul Gorecki -- Kuk 1991 to 1998, the Station Abandoned and the Land Resumed: Archaeological Implications / Jack Golson and John Muke -- Kuk Phase 8: Heritage Issues to 2008 / John Muke and Tim Denham.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 469-509).
Note Print version record.
Subject Agriculture, Prehistoric -- Papua New Guinea.
Anthropology -- Papua New Guinea.
Water-saturated sites (Archaeology)
NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / Mountains.
Added Author Golson, J. (Jack), approximately 1926- editor.
Denham, Tim, editor.
Hughes, Philip, editor.
Muke, John D., editor.
Swadling, Pamela, editor.
Australian National University Press.
Other Form: Print version: Ten thousand years of cultivation at Kuk Swamp in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Acton, A.C.T. : ANU Press, 2017 9781760461157 (OCoLC)983202882
ISBN 9781760461164 (electronic bk.)
1760461164 (electronic bk.)
1760461164 (ebook)
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