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  65,000 years of changing plant food and landscape use at Madjedbebe, Mirarr country, northern Australia

Florin, S. A., Fairbairn, A., Nango, M., Djandjomerr, D., Hua, Q., Marwick, B., et al. (2022). 65,000 years of changing plant food and landscape use at Madjedbebe, Mirarr country, northern Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 284: 107498, pp. 1-16. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2022.107498.

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Florin, S. Anna, Author
Fairbairn, Andrew1, Author           
Nango, May, Author
Djandjomerr, Djaykuk, Author
Hua, Quan, Author
Marwick, Ben, Author
Reutens, David C., Author
Fullagar, Richard, Author
Smith, Mike, Author
Wallis, Lynley A., Author
Clarkson, Chris1, Author           
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1Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2074312              

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Free keywords: Human-environment interaction, Australian archaeology, Archaeobotany, Resilience
 Abstract: The plant macrofossil assemblage from Madjedbebe, Mirarr Country, northern Australia, provides insight into human-plant relationships for the ∼65,000 years of Aboriginal occupation at the site. Here we show that a diverse diet of fruits, nuts, seeds, palm and underground storage organs was consumed from the earliest occupation, with intensive plant food processing in evidence. The diet varied through time as foraging strategies were altered in response to changes in environment and demography. This included a broadening of the diet during drier glacial stages, as well as changes in the seasonal round and incorporation of new foods with the formation of freshwater wetlands following sea level rise in the late Holocene. The foundations of the economy evidenced at Madjedbebe include seasonal mobility, a broad diet and requisite plant processing and grinding technologies, all of which are maintained throughout the entire timespan of occupation. This points to a resilient economic system in the face of pronounced environmental change.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2022-04-262022-05-15
 Publication Status: Published in print
 Pages: 16
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 Table of Contents: 1. Introduction
2. Regional setting
2.1. The site and its cultural and environmental setting
2.1.1. Past environmental settings
3. Materials and methods
3.1. Archaeobotanical analysis
3.1.1. Sampling
3.1.2. Identification and reference collection
3.1.3. Analytical units
3.1.4. Quantification and statistical analysis
3.2. AMS radiocarbon dating
4. Results
4.1. Plant macrofossil assemblage
4.2. Composition of hearth features
4.3. Plant processing and diet breadth
4.4. Land use
4.5. Seasonality
5. Discussion
 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2022.107498
Other: shh3226
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Title: Quaternary Science Reviews
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Publ. Info: Oxford : Pergamon
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 284 Sequence Number: 107498 Start / End Page: 1 - 16 Identifier: ISSN: 0277-3791
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925505268