Pieces of the Vanuatu Puzzle: Archaeology of the North, South and Centre

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ANU E Press, Feb 2, 2007 - Reference - 326 pages
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Pieces of the Vanuatu Puzzle presents the results of the most intensive and widespread archaeological investigations in Vanuatu for more than 30 years. For the first time the results of extensive excavations carried out on three islands in the archipelago are published. The sites span from the period of initial Lapita settlement through to later cultural transformations. The research has brought greater clarity to the early history of the Vanuatu archipelago and has wider implications for the region in general particularly in terms of how processes of cultural change are explained. It is an essential reference work both for those archaeologists working in the western Pacific but also for those who deal with material culture generally and pottery more specifically.
 

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Contents

Introduction and Research Design
1
List of Figures
2
Archaeology of Vanuatu
11
plans stratigraphy and dating
31
Ceramic analytical methodology
73
Ceramics from Erromango
85
Efate ceramics
105
Malekula ceramics
133
Vanuatu ceramic sequences and interregional comparisons
157
NonCeramic material culture
193
Discussion and Conclusion
259
Bibliography
267
Appendices
279
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