Indigenous Australians ‘farmed bananas 2,000 years ago’

Archaeologists say they have found ancient banana farms once managed by Australia’s Indigenous peoples.

The sites, which date back 2,145 years, were found on a tiny island north of the mainland in the Torres Strait.Researchers found banana microfossils, stone tools, charcoal and a series of retaining walls at the site.

It further dispels the myth that Australia’s native peoples were solely “hunter-gatherers”, researchers said.

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