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Tracing early agriculture in the highlands of New Guinea, plot, mound and ditch, by Tim Denham

Tracing early agriculture in the highlands of New Guinea, plot, mound and ditch, by Tim Denham
In this book, historical narratives chart how people created forms of agriculture in the highlands of New Guineaand how these practices were transformed through time. The intention is twofold: to clearly establish New Guinea as a region of early agricultural development and plant domestication; and, to develop a contingent, practice-based interpretation of early agriculture that has broader application to other regions of the world.The multi-disciplinary record from the highlands has the potential to challenge and change long held assumptions regarding early agriculture globally, which are usually based on domestication. Early agriculture in the highlands is charted by an exposition of the practices of plant exploitation and cultivation. Practices are ontologically prior because they ultimately produce the phenotypic and genotypic changes in plant species characterised as domestication, as well as the social and environmental transformations associated with agriculture. They are also methodologically prior because they emplace plants in specific historico-geographic contexts
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Tracing early agriculture in the highlands of New Guinea
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by Tim Denham
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UCL Institute of Archaeology Publications
Sub title
plot, mound and ditch
Table Of Contents
part Part I Rethinking early agriculture -- chapter 1 Early agriculture in the highlands: an unexpected story -- chapter 2 Defining early agriculture in New Guinea -- part Part II Places, practices and plants -- chapter 3 The importance of place -- chapter 4 Cultivation practices in the highlands -- chapter 5 The plants of highland cultivation -- part Part III Practices in the past -- chapter 6 Exploiting diversity in the Pleistocene -- chapter 7 Ambiguities of practice during the early Holocene -- chapter 8 The emergence of shifting cultivation -- chapter 9 The adoption of mound cultivation during the mid-Holocene -- chapter 10 The digging of drainage ditches during the late Holocene -- chapter 11 Later innovations, introductions and adoptions -- part Part IV Taking a broader view -- chapter 12 Historical resilience of agriculture in the highlands -- chapter 13 The global significance of early agriculture on New Guinea
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