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Title: Timing and importance of arboriculture and agroforestry in a temperate East Polynesia Society, the Moriori, Rekohu (Chatham Island)
Authors: Maxwell, JJ
Howarth, JD
Vandergoes, MJ
Jacobsen, GE
Barber, IG
Keywords: Timing properties
Technology impacts
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Maxwell, J. J., Howarth, J. D., Vandergoes, M. J., Jacobsen, G. E., & Barber, I. G. (2016). The timing and importance of arboriculture and agroforestry in a temperate East Polynesia Society, the Moriori, Rekohu (Chatham Island). Quaternary Science Reviews 149: 306-325. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.08.006
Abstract: Identifying arboriculture and agroforestry in Polynesian Societies has usually relied heavily upon the ethnographic record in the absence of direct archaeological evidence. In this paper we outline a multi-proxy research design, including ethnography, palynology, anthracology, archaeology and a high precision chronology to evaluate arboriculture and agroforestry as components of Moriori subsistence practices before the arrival of Europeans in 1791. The colonisers of Rekohu brought with them a mainland New Zealand endemic tree, Corynocarpus laevigatus, and the technology to propagate the tree in a less than ideal climate and to process its drupe into a storable source of carbohydrate in what was a difficult environment for Polynesian cultivation practices. We also present a conceptual model of forest change due to Moriori fuel selection practices which suggests that Moriori were actively managing these forest spaces for food, fuel, medicine, construction material and as a habitation space, therefore making agroforestry an important component of Moriori subsistence. © 2016, Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0277-3791
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