Australian Museum Journal Stone mortar and pestle distribution in New Britain revisited. In A Pacific Odyssey: Archaeology and Anthropology in the Western Pacific. Papers in Honour of Jim Specht

Shortform:
Swadling, 2004, Rec. Aust. Mus., Suppl. 29: 157–161
Author(s):
Swadling, Pamela
Year published:
2004
Title:
Stone mortar and pestle distribution in New Britain revisited. In A Pacific Odyssey: Archaeology and Anthropology in the Western Pacific. Papers in Honour of Jim Specht
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement
Volume:
29
Start page:
157
End page:
161
DOI:
10.3853/j.0812-7387.29.2004.1412
Language:
English
Date published:
19 May 2004
Cover date:
19 May 2004
ISBN:
ISBN 0-9750476-2-0 (printed), ISBN 0-9750476-3-9 (online)
ISSN:
0812-7387
CODEN:
RAMSEZ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ANTHROPOLOGY; NEW BRITAIN
Digitized:
19 May 2004
Available online:
19 May 2004
Reference number:
1412
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (12kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (209kb PDF)

Abstract

This is the first of a series of regional studies on the distribution of stone mortars and pestles in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The pan distribution of these artefacts in New Britain, in conjunction with preliminary results from other parts of PNG, supports the view that there is a positive correlation in the distribution of stone mortars and pestles and taro cultivation. This result raises the possibility that these artefacts provide a signature of where people were growing taro in PNG from about 7,000 to 3,500 years ago.

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