Sri Lanka's Earliest Wild Musa Bananas?

  • Authors : Premathilake, R.; Hunt, C.O.

  • Document type : Journal article

  • Year of publication : 2018

  • Journal title : Global Journal of Archaeology and Anthropology

  • Volume (number) : 3 (2)

  • Pages : 55608

  • Peer-reviewed : No

  • ISSN : 2575-8608

  • Language(s) : English

  • Abstract : In spite of their importance as a crop today, records of the use of wild banana and the antecedents of the modern domesticated bananas are relatively obscure. Banana dispersal pattern from their native range (e.g. Island South East Asia and New Guinea) is also poorly known. Excavation at Fahien Rockshelter in South Western Sri Lanka yielded phytolith sequence dating from 48,354 to 3900 cal BP. Phytolith evidence suggests that Rockshelter occupants used wild banana (Musa. acuminata and M. balbisiana) through the late Pleistocene to early Holocene, i.e. 8000 cal BP. After this age, occupants significantly decreased the use of wild bananas.


  • Open access : Yes

  • Document on publisher's site : open View article on publisher's site

  • Musalit document ID : IN180449

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