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BOOK LAUNCH : Ten Thousand Years of Cultivation at Kuk Swamp in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea

Date and time: 
Fri, 18th Aug 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Location or Venue: 
Theatre 2.02 Sir Roland Wilson, Building #120, 120 McCoy Circuit, ANU
Associate Professor Tim Denham

This book is a landmark publication for ANU as it represents over 50 years of
research into early agriculture in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.
The archaeological site at Kuk Swamp in the highlands of Papua New Guinea
contains evidence of cultivation practices extending back at least 7000-6400
years ago, and possibly to 10,000 years ago.
The site is one of the most important archaeological sites in the equatorial
western Pacific and represents the earliest evidence for agriculture in the
The book will be launched at the Sir Roland Wilson Building from 5–7:30pm,
Friday 18 August.

The launch will be preceded by a seminar by Assoc. Professor Denham who
will review the multidisciplinary findings at Kuk, including the archaeological
evidence, from 10,000 years ago to the present. The title of his seminar is The
global signifcance of Kuk Swamp: early agriculture in the highlands of Papua
New Guinea.
The book is available for free download or can be purchased in hard copy from
the ANU Press at

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