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6500-Year-old Nassarius shell appliques in Timor-Leste: technological and use wear analyses

Langley, Michelle; O'Connor, Susan


With recognition of the early Holocene antiquity of marine shell beads in Island Southeast Asia only recently occurring, we become aware of how little is really known regarding this enigmatic class of material culture. Here we report on worked Nassarius spp. shells recovered from the Timorese sites of Jerimalai, Lene Hara, and Matja Kuru 1 and 2, and which date back to around 6500 years ago. Analysis of manufacturing traces, use wear, and residues apparent on these 91 shell artefacts indicate...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2015.06.012


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