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Recent archaeological findings at Qaranilaca Cave, Vanuabalavu Island, Fiji

Thomas, Frank; Nunn, Patrick; Osborne, Will; Kumar, Roselyn; Areki, Francis; Matararaba, Sepeti; Steadman, David; Hope, Geoffrey


A large sea cave on the southeastern tip of Vanuabalavu Island, northeast Fiji was excavated and shown to have been used by humans from about 1100 cal BP with rapid accumulation of material. The cave may have been uninhabitable until sufficient sand had built up to make flooding by the sea a rare event, and a possible fall in sea-level could have contributed. With rapid cooling and sea-level fall after about 700 BP, more intensive use followed. The cave probably gained prominence in serving as...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Archaeology in Oceania


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