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Detritus of Empire: Seventeenth Century Spanish Pottery from Taumako, Southeast Solomon Islands, and Mota, Northern Vanuatu

Bedford, Stuart; Dickinson, William; Green, Roger; Ward, Graeme


We describe here the recovery and analysis of exotic pottery from the island of Taumako in the Duff Islands of the Southeast Solomon Islands and from Mota in the Banks Islands, Northern Vanuatu. The pottery was found during archaeological fieldwork carried out in the 1970s. It comprises a single surface-collected sherd from Taumako, and half of an amphora-like jar from Mota. Historical records and petrographic analyses point to the two separate pottery samples being non-Oceanic, almost...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the Polynesian Society


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