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Lapita diet in remote Oceania: new stable isotope evidence from the 3000-year-old Teouma site, Efate Island, Vanuatu

Kinaston, Rebecca; Buckley, Hallie R.; Valentin, Frederique; Bedford, Stuart; Spriggs, Matthew; Hawkins, Stuart; Herrscher, Estelle


Remote Oceania was colonized ca. 3000 BP by populations associated with the Lapita Cultural Complex, marking a major event in the prehistoric settlement of the Pacific Islands. Although over 250 Lapita sites have been found throughout the Western Pacific, human remains associated with Lapita period sites are rare. The site of Teouma, on Efate Island, Vanuatu has yielded the largest burial assemblage (n=68 inhumations) of Lapita period humans ever discovered, providing a unique opportunity for...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014-03-05
Type: Journal article
Source: PLoS ONE
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0090376


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