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

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Graeme Barker
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3ER, UK
Lindsay Lloyd-Smith
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3ER, UK
Huw Barton
School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
Franca Cole
Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3DZ, UK
Chris Hunt
School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK
Philip J. Piper
Archaeological Studies Program, University of the Philippines, Quezon City 1101, Philippines
Ryan Rabett
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3ER, UK
Victor Paz
Archaeological Studies Program, University of the Philippines, Quezon City 1101, Philippines
Katherine Szabό
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia
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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.

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