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Shell beads as markers of Oceanic dispersals: A rare Cypraeidae ornament type from the Mariana Islands

Clark, Geoffrey; Langley, Michelle; Litster, Mirani; Winter, Olaf; Amesbury, Judith


The development of complex cultural behaviour in our own species is perhaps the most significant research issue in modern archaeology. Until recently, it was believed that our capacity for language and art only developed after some of our ancestors reached Europe around 40,000 years ago. Archaeological discoveries in Africa now show that modern humans were practicing symbolic behaviours prior to their dispersal from that continent, and more recent discoveries in Indonesia and Australia are once...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: The Archaeology of Portable Art: Southeast Asian, Pacific, and Australian Perspectives
DOI: .4324/9781315299112


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