Introduced Dioscorea spp. starch in Lapita and later deposits, Vao Island, Vanuatu

Mark Horrocks, Stuart Bedford

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    Abstract

    Analysis of deposits at a Lapita site in Vanuatu revealed putative starch grains of Dioscorea nummularia in ?2800-3100 cal. BP layers and of Dioscorea pentaphylla in a ?2000 cal. BP layer, suggesting local cultivation of these tuberous crops. The Dioscoreaceae are a new addition to the introduced cultigens thus far directly identified for prehistoric Vanuatu.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)179-183
    JournalNew Zealand Journal of Botany
    Volume48
    Issue number3-4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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