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Lapita before Lapita: The Early Story of the Meyer/O’Reilly Watom Island Archaeological Collection

Dotte-Sarout, Emilie; Howes, Hilary


Seventeen years before the first excavation at the archaeological site of Lapita (New Caledonia) in 1952, two men of the cloth met and exchanged artefacts, notes and ideas to produce some of the earliest analyses of what later became known as Lapita pottery. Otto Meyer (1877–1937), a Sacred Heart Missionary stationed on Watom Island, described chance finds of ‘prehistoric pottery’ in 1909, following these with more systematic excavations. Patrick O’Reilly (1900–88), a Marist Father...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019-01-21
Type: Journal article
Source: The Journal of Pacific History
DOI: 10.1080/00223344.2018.1561254
Access Rights: Open Access


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