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Kuk Early Agricultural Site
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 7,000 years
Date of Inscription: 2008
Location: Asia, Papua New Guinea, southern highlands
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Description: 1,500 metres above sea-level, 116 ha of swamps make up the Kuk Early Agricultural Site in New Guinea’s southern highlands. Through archaeological excavation we have discovered that the landscape was a retrieved wetland constantly worked for 7,000, and possibly even for 10,000 years. The site encloses well-preserved archaeological remains that illustrate the technological leap which altered plant use to agriculture about 6,500 years ago. This instance outstandingly shows the agricultural practice transformation over time, from cultivation mounds to wetland draining through to the use of wooden tools for burrowing of ditches. Kuk is among the world’s few where archaeological evidence insinuates autonomous agricultural development and alteration in agricultural practice over such a extended period of time. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Kuk Swamp is an archaeological site in New Guinea.Evidence for early agricultural drainage systems was found here, beginning about 9,000 years ago.In 2008, it was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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