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Exploring the Island Southeast Asian Neolithic: New results from Seram Island, Indonesia

Author(s): Peter Lape ; Emily Peterson ; Jenn Huff ; Joss Whittaker ; Lauryl Zenobi

Year: 2016

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The Island Southeast Asian Neolithic remains a controversial archaeological construction. Traditional theories explain the appearance of pottery, domestic plants and animals in the region about 3500 years ago as the result of migrations from Taiwan and SE China. Archaeological and genetic data collected in the past decade do not fit well with those theories, and scholars have begun to investigate new explanations. One area of renewed focus is in the relationship between fishing and farming at the beginning of the Neolithic period. Our team has been investigating the ways in which fishers and nascent farmers utilized large islands and how those use histories differed on small islands and atolls at different levels of isolation from the large islands. In this paper, we present the results of a 2015 archaeological and paleoenvironmental survey of the large Seram Island and several nearby small islands and atolls, located in eastern Indonesia.

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Exploring the Island Southeast Asian Neolithic: New results from Seram Island, Indonesia. Peter Lape, Emily Peterson, Jenn Huff, Joss Whittaker, Lauryl Zenobi. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405115)


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min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America