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New radiocarbon dates from the Bapot 1 site in Saipan and Neolithic Dispersal by Stratified Diffusion

Clark, Geoffrey; Petchey, Fiona; Carson, Mike; O'Day, Patrick


The colonisation of the Mariana Islands in Western Micronesia is likely to represent an early ocean dispersal of more than 2000 km. Establishing the date of human arrival in the archipelago is important for modelling Neolithic expansion in Island Southeast Asia and the Pacific, particularly the role of long-distance dispersals. This paper presents new �⁴C results and a ΔR estimate from the Bapot-1 site on Saipan Island, which indicate human arrival at ca. 3400-3200 cal. BP. Archaeological...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Pacific Archaeology


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