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Papua New Guinea

UNESCO World Heritage

Papua New Guinea, Kuk Early Agricultural Site

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 02, 2013 at 05:33:01

Location Papua New Guinea
Coordinates S5 47 1.36 E144 19 54.2
Property 116 ha
Date of Inscription 2008

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/887 )

Kuk Early Agricultural Site consists of 116 ha of swamps in the western highlands of New Guinea 1,500 metres above sea-level. Archaeological excavation has revealed the landscape to be one of wetland reclamation worked almost continuously for 7,000, and possibly for 10,000 years. It contains well-preserved archaeological remains demonstrating the technological leap which transformed plant exploitation to agriculture around 6,500 years ago. It is an excellent example of transformation of agricultural practices over time, from cultivation mounds to draining the wetlands through the digging of ditches with wooden tools. Kuk is one of the few places in the world where archaeological evidence suggests independent agricultural development and changes in agricultural practice over such a long period of time.

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