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Decay characteristics of the eastern Lapita design system

Clark, Geoffrey; Murray, Timothy Andrew


We examine the Lapita colonization of east Fiji from the frequency of pottery designs. The design frequency analysis suggests that east Fiji was settled by Lapita groups emanating from west Fiji and Tonga, and long-distance interaction with archipelagos to the west of Fiji was inconsequential during the terminal Lapita phase when east Fiji, Tonga and Samoa were colonized. The results have important implications for understanding Lapita colonization elsewhere, particularly the extent to which...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Archaeology in Oceania


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