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The Cultural Legacy of Makassar Stone in East Timor

McWilliam, Andrew; Bulbeck, F David; Brockwell, Celia (Sally); O'Connor, Susan


During research on the archaeology and ethnohistory of fortified settlements in East Timor, a series of old graves was recorded with masonry features that local Timorese referred to as 'Makassar stone' (M: Batu Makassar, or Makassar mataru in the Fataluku vernacular). Oral histories of Fataluku-speaking communities associate the grave styles with traders from Sulawesi who developed a major maritime network from the late sixteenth century. While the stone used in the Timorese graves is clearly...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, The
DOI: 10.1080/14442213.2012.674054


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