The Case for Rainforest Foragers: The Starch Record at Niah Cave, Sarawak

  title={The Case for Rainforest Foragers: The Starch Record at Niah Cave, Sarawak},
  author={Huw Barton},
  journal={Asian Perspectives},
  pages={56 - 72}
  • Huw Barton
  • Published 22 March 2005
  • History
  • Asian Perspectives
A study of preserved starch grains from sedimentary sequences at Niah Cave, Sarawak, Borneo, reveals direct evidence for the use of rainforest plants rich in digestible carbohydrates. Plants identified include several species of Aroids (Alocasia sp., Cyrtosperma sp.), at least one species of yam (Dioscorea sp.), and the pith of sago palm (cf. Caryota mitis, Eugeissona utilis). Starch grains from a total of fourteen recurring types indicate that a wide range of starch-rich plants are present in… 

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