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Tattooing tools and the Lapita cultural complex

Torrence, Robin; Kononenko, Nina; Sheppard, Peter J; Allen, Melinda S; Bedford, Stuart; Kirch, Patrick; Spriggs, Matthew


A use-wear and residue study of 56 retouched obsidian flakes from seven Lapita sites in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu confirms that they had been used for tattooing. These specialised tools all bear one or more very small points formed by alternating retouch. A detailed comparison of use traces and pigments on these and 19 additional skin piercing tools analysed previously challenges the notion of homogeneity in cultural practices across the broad geographical range where...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Archaeology in Oceania
DOI: 10.1002/arco.5139


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