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Post-colonization interaction between Vanuatu and Fiji reconsidered: The re-analysis of obsidian from Lakeba Island, Fiji

Reepmeyer, Christian; Clark, Geoffrey


PIXE-PIGME analysis of 19 obsidian artefacts from Lakeba Island in east Fiji identified contact with northern Vanuatu in the post-colonization period (c. 2500-1000 bp) of Fiji. The Lakeba obsidian is the only physical evidence for interaction across the 850 km water gap separating the archipelagos of Vanuatu and Fiji in the first millennium ad. New research on the Vanuatu obsidian sources with laser ablation - inductively coupled plasma - mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) casts serious doubt on the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Archaeometry
DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4754.2009.00465.x


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