Evidence of past human activities sealed by grey clay was first discovered during stratigraphic recording of plantation drains at Kuk in 1974. Excavations occurred at the site in subsequent years (1975â€“77 and 1998) to determine more fully the character of the finds (Fig. 11.1). TheÂ archaeological remains, which date to 10,000 years ago, are unique to Kuk and have two major components: a palaeochannel (a prehistoric channel) and a palaeosurface (an old buried land surface). These components are discussed below and interpreted with respect to associated land usage and whether they represent prehistoric agricultural practices.
|Title of host publication||Ten Thousand Years of Cultivation at Kuk Swamp in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea (Terra Australis 46)|
|Editors||J. Golson, T. Denham, P. Hughes, P. Swadling and J. Muke|
|Place of Publication||Canberra|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|