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The 'cultured rainforests' of Borneo

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posted on 25.03.2020 by Graeme Barker, Chris Hunt, Huw Barton, Chris Gosden, Sam Jones, Lindsay Lloyd-Smith, Lucy Farr, Borbala Nyiri, Shawn O'Donnell
Borneo has a 50,000-year record of Homo sapiens' interactions with rainforest on the coastal lowlands assembled especially by the interdisciplinary investigation of the archaeology and palaeoecology of the Niah Caves on the coastal plain of Sarawak (Barker et al., 2007; Barker, 2013). More recent work by many of the same team in the interior of Borneo, in the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak, has combined those approaches with ethnography and anthropology to investigate recent and present-day, as well as past, human-rainforest interactions. In combination, the two projects indicate that the present-day rainforests of Borneo are the product of a deep ecological history related to both natural factors such as climate change and cultural factors such as how different groups of people chose to extract their livelihoods from the forest, including in ways that do not have simple analogies with the subsistence activities of present-day rainforest foragers and farmers in Borneo.

Funding

Sarawak Museum, Arts and Humanities Research Board (APN10872), Arts and Humanities Research Council (APN12333, APN16175, E5105741), Association of Southeast Asianists UK, British Academy, British Academy's Committee for Southeast Asian Studies, Natural Environment Research Council (Radiocarbon Facility)

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Citation

Barker, G., Hunt, C., Barton, H., Gosden, C., Jones, S., Lloyd-Smith, L., Farr, L., et al. (2016). The ‘cultured rainforests’ of Borneo. Quaternary International https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2016.08.018

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL

Volume

448

Pagination

44 - 61 (18)

Publisher

PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD

issn

1040-6182

eissn

1873-4553

Copyright date

2016

Available date

15/09/2016

Publisher version

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1040618216302774?via=ihub

Spatial coverage

Orlando, FL

Language

English

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