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Denham, T, Haberle, S & Lentfer, CJ 2004, 'New evidence and revised interpretations of early agriculture in Highland New Guinea', Antiquity, vol. 78, no. 302, pp. 839-857.

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This review of the evidence for early agriculture in New Guinea supported by new data from Kuk Swamp demonstrates that cultivation had begun there by at least 6950-6440 cal BP and probably much earlier. Contrary to previous ideas, the first farming in New Guinea was not owed to South-East Asia, but emerged independently in the Highlands. Indeed plants such as the banana were probably first domesticated in New Guinea and later diffused into the Asian continent.

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