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Obsidian distribution from a Lapita cemetery sheds light on its value to past societies

Constantine, Anne; Reepmeyer, Christian; Bedford, Stuart; Spriggs, Matthew; Ravn, Mads


The Teouma site on Efate Island in Vanuatu is unique in the Pacific, as it enables us to analyse an archaeological assemblage in relation to discrete activity areas of burial and settlement at the time of initial settlement of the archipelago. Geochemical sourcing of obsidian in combination with a basic technological analysis help us to understand whether differences exist between burial zones and settlement middens. The results show that the distribution of obsidian was not directly...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Archaeology in Oceania
DOI: 10.1002/arco.5064


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