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Early Agriculture and Plant Domestication in New Guinea and Island Southeast Asia

Tim Denham
Current Anthropology
Vol. 52, No. S4, The Origins of Agriculture: New Data, New Ideas (October 2011), pp. S379-S395
DOI: 10.1086/658682
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/658682
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Early Agriculture and Plant Domestication in New Guinea and Island Southeast Asia
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Abstract

A multidimensional conceptual framework is advanced that characterizes early agriculture as a subset of human-environment interactions. Three cross-articulating dimensions of human-environment interaction are considered that accommodate the varied expressions of early agriculture in different parts of the world: spatial scales, transformative mechanisms, and temporalities of associated phenomena. These ideas are applied and exemplified at two different scales of resolution—contextual and comparative—in terms of early agricultural development in the highlands of New Guinea and the dispersal of domesticates from New Guinea into Island Southeast Asia.

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