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Emergence of a Neolithic in highland New Guinea by 5000 to 4000 years ago

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Abstract


  • Copyright © 2020 The Authors, some rights reserved. The emergence of agriculture was one of the most notable behavioral transformations in human history, driving innovations in technologies and settlement globally, referred to as the Neolithic. Wetland agriculture originated in the New Guinea highlands during the mid-Holocene (8000 to 4000 years ago), yet it is unclear if there was associated behavioral change. Here, we report the earliest figurative stone carving and formally manufactured pestles in Oceania, dating to 5050 to 4200 years ago. These discoveries, at the highland site of Waim, occur with the earliest planilateral axe-adzes in New Guinea, the first evidence for fibercraft, and interisland obsidian transfer. The combination of symbolic social systems, complex technologies, and highland agricultural intensification supports an independent emergence of a Neolithic ~1000 years before the arrival of Neolithic migrants (Lapita) from Southeast Asia.

Authors


  •   Shaw, Ben (external author)
  •   Field, Judith (external author)
  •   Summerhayes, Glenn (external author)
  •   Coxe, Simon (external author)
  •   Coster, Adelle (external author)
  •   Ford, Anne (external author)
  •   Haro, Jemina (external author)
  •   Arifeae, Henry (external author)
  •   Hull, Emily (external author)
  •   Jacobsen, Geraldine (external author)
  •   Fullagar, Richard L.
  •   Hayes, Elspeth H.
  •   Kealhofer, Lisa (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Shaw, B., Field, J., Summerhayes, G., Coxe, S., Coster, A., Ford, A., Haro, J., Arifeae, H., Hull, E., Jacobsen, G., Fullagar, R., Hayes, E. & Kealhofer, L. (2020). Emergence of a Neolithic in highland New Guinea by 5000 to 4000 years ago. Science Advances, 6 (13),

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  • 2-s2.0-85082449814

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  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2294&context=smhpapers1

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers1/1276

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Volume


  • 6

Issue


  • 13

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Copyright © 2020 The Authors, some rights reserved. The emergence of agriculture was one of the most notable behavioral transformations in human history, driving innovations in technologies and settlement globally, referred to as the Neolithic. Wetland agriculture originated in the New Guinea highlands during the mid-Holocene (8000 to 4000 years ago), yet it is unclear if there was associated behavioral change. Here, we report the earliest figurative stone carving and formally manufactured pestles in Oceania, dating to 5050 to 4200 years ago. These discoveries, at the highland site of Waim, occur with the earliest planilateral axe-adzes in New Guinea, the first evidence for fibercraft, and interisland obsidian transfer. The combination of symbolic social systems, complex technologies, and highland agricultural intensification supports an independent emergence of a Neolithic ~1000 years before the arrival of Neolithic migrants (Lapita) from Southeast Asia.

Authors


  •   Shaw, Ben (external author)
  •   Field, Judith (external author)
  •   Summerhayes, Glenn (external author)
  •   Coxe, Simon (external author)
  •   Coster, Adelle (external author)
  •   Ford, Anne (external author)
  •   Haro, Jemina (external author)
  •   Arifeae, Henry (external author)
  •   Hull, Emily (external author)
  •   Jacobsen, Geraldine (external author)
  •   Fullagar, Richard L.
  •   Hayes, Elspeth H.
  •   Kealhofer, Lisa (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Shaw, B., Field, J., Summerhayes, G., Coxe, S., Coster, A., Ford, A., Haro, J., Arifeae, H., Hull, E., Jacobsen, G., Fullagar, R., Hayes, E. & Kealhofer, L. (2020). Emergence of a Neolithic in highland New Guinea by 5000 to 4000 years ago. Science Advances, 6 (13),

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85082449814

Ro Full-text Url


  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2294&context=smhpapers1

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers1/1276

Has Global Citation Frequency


Volume


  • 6

Issue


  • 13

Place Of Publication


  • United States