Given your post below I am wondering if you know anything about the
tree in Southeast Asia. I understand various parts of the tree are used
purposes and I have been assuming that if any or all of it was burned to
ash the result
would be any of several compounds containing potassium, especially
soluble compounds such as potassium oxide, potassium chloride, and
various potassium sulfates - is that correct? I am particularly
interested in the husk (bunot) which I understand is absorbant, and which
I again am assuming may contain potassium chloride?
If you or the list can help it would be most appreciated.
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>In a new archaeobotany program in the Pacific, I have confirmed nut use
>before 20,000 BP in the lowlands of New Guinea (Canarium) and by at least
>31,000 in the New Guine Highlands (Pandanus). Not the oldest by world
>standards, but the oldest in the Pacific.