Re-dating mid-holocene betelnut (Areca Catechu L.) and other plant use at Dongan, Papua New Guinea

Andrew Fairbairn, Pamela Swadling

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    Abstract

    Direct accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) dating of anaerobically preserved plant remains from the Dongan site in New Guinea, combined with assessment of preservation condition, confirms earlier doubts about the antiquity of betelnut (Areca catechu L.) found at the site. A possible sago leaf fragment is also identified as a modern contaminant. The mid-Holocene age of other fruit and nut remains is verified using these methods. The utility of AMS dating in combination with detailed archaeobotanical assessment is demonstrated, thus improving Chronometric hygiene and with it knowledge of past plant use in Oceania.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)377-382
    JournalRadiocarbon
    Volume47
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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