Foraging-farming transitions at the Niah Caves, Sarawak, Borneo

Graeme Barker*, Lindsay Lloyd-Smith, Huw Barton, Franca Cole, Christopher Hunt, Philip J. Piper, Ryan Rabett, Victor Paz, Katherine Szabo

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Abstract

The Niah Caves in Sarawak, Borneo, have captured evidence for people and economies of 8000 and 4000 years ago. Although not continuous on this site, these open two windows on to life at the cultural turning point, broadly equivalent to the transition from Mesolithic to Neolithic. They have much in common, inferring that the occupants, perhaps belonging to an older maritime dispersal, had a choosy appetite for the Neolithic package.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-509
Number of pages18
JournalAntiquity
Volume85
Issue number328
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

Keywords

  • Borneo
  • Niah Caves
  • Neolithic
  • Mesolithic
  • farming
  • foraging
  • ISLAND SOUTHEAST-ASIA
  • TERMINAL PLEISTOCENE
  • HOLOCENE
  • INSIGHTS
  • MALAYSIA
  • OCEANIA
  • BURIAL
  • RECORD
  • FOREST
  • DNA

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Barker, G., Lloyd-Smith, L., Barton, H., Cole, F., Hunt, C., Piper, P. J., Rabett, R., Paz, V., & Szabo, K. (2011). Foraging-farming transitions at the Niah Caves, Sarawak, Borneo. Antiquity, 85(328), 492-509.