Archaeology in Oceania

Archaeology in Oceania is a magazine specializing in History topics.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 3, October

Archaeological Evidence for Mid-Holocene Agriculture in the Interior of Papua New Guinea: A Critical Review
Abstract Claims for the early and independent origins of agriculture in New Guinea partially rest on the archaeological evidence for mid-Holocene drainage and land use at five sites in the interior. The five sites are Kuk, Kana, Mugumamp and Warrawau...
Fratricide and Inequality: Things Fall Apart in Eastern New Guinea
Abstract This paper contrasts models of increasing social integration in the central valleys of the New Guinea highlands advanced by Watson, Modjeska and Golson with that of a society constructed entirely differently at the eastern end of the central...
Identification of Benincasa Hispida (Wax Gourd) from the Kana Archaeological Site, Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea
Abstract Rind and seeds of a gourd discovered at the Kana site in Papua New Guinea are identified as remains of Benincasa hispida. The origins and dispersal of this species are discussed, with reference to the bottle gourd, Lagenaria siceraria,...
In the Shadows of Kuk: Evidence for Prehistoric Agriculture at Kana, Wahgi Valley, Papua New Guinea
Abstract Archaeological survey with limited excavation at the Kana site revealed evidence of prehistoric agricultural practices in the form of ditches and other cut features on an abandoned river terrace of the Minj River. Based on the stratigraphy...
Jack Golson and the Investigation of Prehistoric Agriculture in Highland New Guinea: Recent Work and Future Prospects
This collection of papers celebrates Jack Golson's influence on the investigation of prehistoric agriculture in the mountainous interior of New Guinea. The breadth of Golson's interests and his remarkable intellectual generosity have stimulated several...
Taro Planthoppers (Tarophagus Spp.) in Australia and the Origins of Taro (Colocasia Esculenta) in Oceania
Abstract Taro planthoppers (Tarophagus spp.) may be associated exclusively or primarily with taro (Colocasia esculenta), and the geographical distribution of T. proserpina provides circumstantial evidence that taro is native to the Sahul continental...
The Emergence of an Agricultural Landscape in the Highlands of New Guinea
Abstract That pollen and sedimentological evidence can make a significant contribution to our understanding of the nature and antiquity of agricultural development in the highlands of New Guinea has long been recognised and promoted by Jack Golson....
Writing (Pre)history: Narrative and Archaeological Explanation in the New Guinea Highlands
Abstract The role of narrative in explanation has received considerable attention in most of the disciplines concerned with questions of historical process, including history, geology, psychoanalysis and palaeo-anthropology. Archaeologists, however,...
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