Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Kuk Swamp: Agriculture and Domestication

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_2231

Basic Site Overview

The multidisciplinary evidence for Kuk Swamp has established the island of New Guinea to be a place of early and independent agricultural development and plant domestication (Golson 1977; Golson & Hughes 1980; Denham et al. 2003). Kuk Swamp is located at 1,560 m AMSL in present-day Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea. The site forms part of extensive wetlands on the floor of the Upper Wahgi valley, which is one of several, large inter-montane valleys that occur along the highland spine of the island (Figs. 13).
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References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Archaeological Science Programs, School of Archaeology and AnthropologyANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, The Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia