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Engraved prehistoric Conus shell valuables from southeastern Papua New Guinea: their antiquity, motifs and distribution

Ambrose, Wallace; Swadling, Pamela; Petchey, Fiona; Beran, Harry; Bonshek, Elizabeth; Szabo, Katherine; Bickler, Simon; Summerhayes, Glenn


In the early 1900s thirteen engraved Conus shell valuables were dug from prehistoric midden mounds in Oro Province. Since the early 1970s nineteen undated surface finds have been found in the northern Massim of Milne Bay Province. When three artifacts became available for AMS radiocarbon dating, provided they were restored after sampling to their original visual appearance, a specialist team was assembled and this paper reports its findings regarding the thirty-two shells. The paper covers...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Archaeology in Oceania


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