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Further Investigations at the Naigani Lapita site (VL 21/5), Fiji: Excavation, Radiocarbon Dating and Palaeofaunal Extinction

Irwin, Geoffrey; Worthy, Trevor H; Best, Simon; Hawkins, Stuart; Carpenter, Jonathan; Matararaba, Sepeti


This paper brings up-to-date a report by S. Best of initial excavations at Naigani in 1981 (Best 1981). The results of subsequent fieldwork in 2000 include the excavation and dating of Lapita-age ovens associated with early settlement and extinct palaeofauna. These include the giant megapode (Megavitiornis altirostris), a species of Ducula pigeon, the giant iguana (Lapitiguana impensa), and probably the endemic crocodile (Volia athollandersoni). The Lapita site of VL 21/5 dates from 900 BC and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Pacific Archaeology


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