The Djief Hunters, 26,000 Years of Rainforest Exploitation on the Bird's Head of Papua, Indonesia by J.M. Pasveer
Modern Quaternary Research in Southeast Asia, volume 17

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Two prehistoric cave sites in western New Guinea provide a detailed narrative of 26,000 years of human occupation of this area. During this period, a climate change forced inhabitants to switch their hunting focus to a forest wallaby, known locally as Djief. However, despite prolonged hunting this species did not become extinct. This volume offers a unique perspective on sustainable hunting in prehistory and provides intriguing insights into hunter-gatherer subsistence, tool manufacturing and use. It forms an important contribution to the current debate on the possibilities of human occupation of tropical rainforest before the advent of agriculture.

 

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Published April 17, 2007 by Taylor & Francis. 450 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy, History.

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