Holocene pollen records from Caution Bay, southern mainland Papua New Guinea

Rowe, Cassandra, McNiven, Ian J., David, Bruno, Richards, Thomas, and Leavesley, Matthew (2013) Holocene pollen records from Caution Bay, southern mainland Papua New Guinea. Holocene, 23 (8). pp. 1130-1142.

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Abstract

This study presents new palynological data from Caution Bay, south-central Papua New Guinea (PNG). It explores Holocene mangrove transitional events along a tide-dominated shoreline, and expands reconstructive detail for the wider southern PNG lowlands. Coinciding with recent regional archaeological research, this study also holds implications for interpretations of the Holocene settlement of Caution Bay and long-term people-landscape interactions. Data demonstrate a late-Holocene mangrove to mudflat transition, with vegetation patterns largely a function of low sediment loading, sedimentary redistributions and salinisation upon sea level decline c. 2000 cal. Yr BP. These trends appear unique to Caution Bay, highlighting a variety of Holocene shoreline vegetation changes along the PNG south coast, each dependent on geomorphologic setting and hydrological fluxes. Further work is required to elucidate vegetation change inland of the coastal zone. Greater understanding of burning patterns and an archaeological collaboration are required to determine more concisely dryland plant spatial and temporal variability.

Item ID: 27978
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1477-0911
Keywords: Holocene, Lapita archaeology, mangrove, palynology, Papua New Guinea, tropical coastal lowland
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2013 01:23
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210106 Archaeology of New Guinea and Pacific Islands (excl New Zealand) @ 70%
04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040606 Quaternary Environments @ 30%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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