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The Djief Hunters, 26,000 Years of Rainforest Exploitation on the Bird's Head of Papua, Indonesia : Modern Quaternary Research in Southeast Asia, volume 17 - Juliette M. Pasveer

The Djief Hunters, 26,000 Years of Rainforest Exploitation on the Bird's Head of Papua, Indonesia

Modern Quaternary Research in Southeast Asia, volume 17

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2004
ISBN: 9789058096630
Number Of Pages: 456

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Two prehistoric cave sites on the Bird's Head of western New Guinea provide a detailed narrative of 26,000 years of human occupation of this area. During Late Pleistocene times, lower temperatures allowed a suite of montane animal species to descend onto the lowland Ayamaru Plateau. When the montane fauna receded during the subsequent climatic amelioration, people switched their hunting focus to a forest wallaby, known locally as Djief. Detailed analysis of this species' remains, including the reconstruction of their age profile, provides insights into why prolonged hunting of this species did not lead to its extinction. The wallaby population evidently thrived at its demographic maximum throughout the early and mid-Holocene, suggesting that human population densities, and therefore hunting pressure, were low until c. 5000 BP.
This volume of Modern Quaternary Research in Southeast Asia offers a unique perspective on sustainable hunting in prehistory and provides intriguing insights into hunter-gatherer subsistence, tool manufacturing and use, the changing intensity of occupation of the sites, and environmental exploitation from Late Pleistocene times onwards in a lowland tropical region. It forms an important contribution to the current debate on the possibilities of human occupation of tropical rainforest before the advent of agriculture.

Introductionp. 1
The research area, fieldwork design and methods of stratigraphic analysisp. 13
Occupation history of Kria cavep. 29
Occupation history of Toe cavep. 59
Stone artefactsp. 99
Bone artefactsp. 143
Prehistoric exploitation of food resourcesp. 189
Prehistoric exploitation of the brown dorcopsisp. 235
Vertebrate faunal succession and environmental change in Lowland New Guineap. 309
Discussion and conclusionp. 335
Human remains from Kria cave and Toe cave, Papua, Indonesiap. 379
Archaeobotanical report on fruits from Kria cave, bird's head, Papua, Indonesiap. 399
Local knowledge of various vertebrate species in the Ayamaru regionp. 405
A fable about the Djief, Swi, Ames and Kadjop. 415
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ISBN: 9789058096630
ISBN-10: 9058096637
Series: Modern Quaternary Research in Southeast Asia
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: A A Balkema Publishers
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 25.2 x 17.7  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.95
Edition Number: 1