Sunday, March 29, 2020

Neolithic period uncovered in Papua New Guinea --5,000 years ago

in Papua New Guinea has for the first time uncovered strong evidence that a Neolithic period—where agriculture brings about major cultural changes—existed on the island about 5000 years ago.

Scientists believe the cache of artifacts that were unearthed, including stone axes, pestles, figurative carvings and other tools, are the missing clues needed to make the case for a Neolithic period in New Guinea's prehistory.

In a paper published today in the prestigious journal Science Advances, a multi-institutional team of archaeologists and scientists document the relics excavated at Waim (pronounced 'Wy-im'), an area located in the northern highlands of modern Papua New Guinea.


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