This quantity describes the result of the 1st archaeological survey and excavations performed within the interesting and distant Aru Islands, japanese Indonesia among 1995 and 1997. The naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, who stopped right here looking for the Birds of Paradise on his voyage in the course of the Indo-Malay Archipelago within the 1850s, was once the 1st to attract consciousness to the crowd. the consequences exhibit a posh and engaging historical past overlaying the final 30,000 years from its early cost by means of hunter-gatherers, the overdue Holocene arrival of ceramic generating agriculturalists, later institutions with the fowl of Paradise exchange and the colonial enlargement of the Dutch buying and selling empires. The excavations and unearths from huge Pleistocene caves, Liang Lemdubu and Nabulei Lisa, are suggested intimately documenting the altering environmental and cultural background of the islands from after they have been hooked up to bigger Australia and utilized by hunter/gatherers to their formation as islands and use via agriculturalists. the result of the excavation of the overdue Neolithic — steel Age midden at Wangil are mentioned, as is the mysterious pre-Colonial castle at Ujir and the 350-year previous ruins of forts and a church linked to the Dutch garrisons.
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