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New engraving finds in Alor Island, Indonesia extend known distribution of engravings in Oceania

O'Connor, Susan; Mahirta, Mahirta; Louys, Julien; Kealy, Shimona; Brockwell, Sally


Engraving sites are rare in mainland and Island Southeast Asia and few examples have been identified in the Indonesian islands. Here we report three new engraving locales in Alor Island, Indonesia. The engravings are executed on boulders and in shelters and include figurative and geometric motifs, some combining cupules. Motifs incorporating cupules occur widely in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Near Oceania but have not previously been reported to the west in Indonesia. The Alor engraving sites...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018-09
Type: Journal article
Source: Archaeological Research in Asia
DOI: 10.1016/j.ara.2017.12.004
Access Rights: Open Access


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