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Patterns in glass : obsidian and economic specialisation in the Admiralty Islands

Fredericksen, Clayton Frederick Keith


This thesis considers the association between western Melanesian ethnographic economic specialisation and prehistoric systems of production and distribution. Contrasting theories for the development of historical specialisation are reviewed and the criticism made that these are chronologically limited to the late Holocene. The statement is made that to fully appreciate temporal change we must expand our view to encompass the preceramic period. Obsidian is one of the few archaeologically...[Show more]

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Date published: 1994
Type: Thesis (PhD)
DOI: 10.25911/5d7787848bb3a


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