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Obsidian Source Use in Tongan Prehistory: New Results and Implications

Reepmeyer, Christian; Clark, Geoffrey; Sheppard, Peter J


The article presents results of an obsidian sourcing study on artifacts from Tonga and Fiji. New LA-ICPMS data on obsidian source locations on Tafahi in northern Tonga are discussed in relation to inter-island mobility during two important phases in the Central Pacific: the late-Lapita phase in Fiji-West Polynesia at 2700-2600 cal. BP and during the time of the rise of Polynesian chiefdoms at ~1000-400 cal. BP. The sourcing results indicate that two sources of obsidian were exploited during...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Island & Coastal Archaeology
DOI: 10.1080/15564894.2011.611858


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