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Strategies for obtaining obsidian in pre-european contact era New Zealand

McCoy, Mark D.; Carpenter, Jonathan


Archaeological evidence of people's choices regarding how they supply themselves with obsidian through direct access and different types of exchanges gives us insight in to mobility, social networks, and property rights in the distant past. Here we use collections of obsidian artefacts that date to a period of endemic warfare among Maori during New Zealand's Late Period (1500-1769 A.D.) to determine what strategies people engaged in to obtain obsidian, namely (1) collecting raw material...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014-01-08
Type: Journal article
Source: PLoS ONE
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084302


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