Pre-Austronesian dispersal of banana cultivars West from New Guinea: linguistic relics from Eastern Indonesia

Tim Denham, Mark Donohue

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    Abstract

    Against the backdrop of a comprehensive archaeobotanical review, we present linguistic evidence that allows us to develop a model of the dispersal of bananas westwards from New Guinea. This westward dispersal is a window on pre-Austronesian contact between New Guinea and regions to the west. The linguisticallyderived model is compatible with archaeobotanical and botanical data. Our interpretation accords with evidence for maritime interactions from the early Holocene in western New Guinea and eastern Indonesia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)18-28
    JournalArchaeology in Oceania
    Volume44
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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