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Discovering Madagascar's Early Hunter-Gatherers by Dr. Henry Wright, University of Michigan

Thursday, January 12, 2012
12:00 AM
2009 Ruthven Museums Builidng

Until recently, researchers have thought that people came to Madagascar from Indonesia in outrigger canoes with an iron technology, pottery, domestic rice and cows, and complex social organization about AD 500. These settlers supposedly found an un-occupied natural paradise. In the last five years, archaeologists have shown that this is not true, and that people using stone tool technology were hunting and gathering on this tropical island before the advent of farmers, and that their burning and hunting probably had an impact on Madagascar's environments long before agriculturalists did.