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Extra resources for A New Human: The Startling Discovery and Strange Story of the "Hobbits" of Flores, Indonesia
Around the edge of the clearing about a hundred men sat, while a similar number of women sat in a group behind. We took our places with the other seated men, while a communal meal of rice and pig meat was served up from large wooden tubs onto wooden plates for each participant, and then washed down with cups of palm wine. Pig meat is considered a real delicacy for the Nagakeo, as it is for most other ethnic groups in Flores, but the wild pig meat that was served up that night had the ﬂavor and texture of patched truck tires.
Work proceeded haltingly at ﬁrst, while we all adapted to new excavation and processing methods, and then gathered pace. We discovered that the previous excavations by Soejono had stopped just short of major changes in stratigraphy, stone artifacts and animal remains. In the 1980s, Soejono thought that he had reached the bottom of the cultural proﬁle. But we kept digging and hit a thick deposit of white tuffaceous silt from a major volcanic eruption that had somehow been washed into the cave in large quantities.
This suggested that humans arrived on Flores sometime after 900,000 years ago, but before 800,000 years ago, a time that seemed to coincide with in the footsteps of the father | 19 the extinction of pygmy Stegodon and giant tortoise, which, by Mata Menge time, had been replaced by large Stegodon. Getting credible radiometric dates from these two sites provided the makings of a paper for the science journal Nature, in which we argued that humans, presumably Homo erectus, had reached Flores sometime between 880,000 and 800,000 years ago.
A New Human: The Startling Discovery and Strange Story of the "Hobbits" of Flores, Indonesia by Mike Morwood, Penny van Oosterzee