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A Preliminary Report on Health and Disease in Early Lapita Skeletons, Vanuatu: Possible Biological Costs of Island Colonization

Buckley, Hallie R.; Tayles, Nancy; Spriggs, Matthew; Bedford, Stuart


The human colonization of Near Oceania has an antiquity of over 40,000 years but colonization of Remote Oceania, including Vanuatu, did not begin until around 3200-3100 BP. Just before this time a distinctive form of dentate-stamped pottery known as the Lapita style appeared in the Bismarck Archipelago northeast of the island of New Guinea. The only direct evidence of health in these Remote Oceanic settlers is their skeletal remains, but until recently only small samples of late Lapita...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Island & Coastal Archaeology
DOI: 10.1080/15564890801928300


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