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Lapita Migrants in the Pacific's oldest Cemetery: Isotopic Analysis at Teouma, Vanuatu

Bentley, R. Alexander; Buckley, Hallie R.; Spriggs, Matthew; Bedford, Stuart; Ottley, Chris J.; Nowell, Geoff M.; Macpherson, Colin, G.; Pearson, D. Graham


Teouma, an archaeological site on Efate Island, Vanuatu, features the earliest cemetery yet discovered of the colonizers of Remote Oceania, from the late second millennium B. C. In order to investigate potential migration of seventeen human individuals, we measured isotopes of strontium ( 87Sr/86Sr), oxygen (δ18O), and carbon (δ13C), as well as barium (Ba) and strontium (Sr) concentrations, in tooth enamel from skeletons excavated in the first two field seasons. The majority of individuals...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: American Antiquity


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