Moiapu 3: Settlement on Moiapu Hill at the very end of Lapita, Caution Bay Hinterland

Bruno David, Ken P Aplin, Helene Peck, Robert Skelly, Matthew Leavesley, Jerome Mialanes, Katherine Szabo, Brent Koppel, Fiona Petchey, Thomas Richards, Sean Ulm, Ian McNiven, Cassandra Rowe, Samantha Aird, Anne Ford

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The Caution Bay archaeological project on the south coast of mainland Papua New Guinea has excavated 122 sites over a 9 km2 area. Lapita ceramics appear at a number of sites at c. 2900 cal. BP. Here we present the results of excavations at Moiapu 3, a site that helps define the end of the dentate-stamped Lapita phase of this region. It is suggested that the decline and ultimate cessation of dentate stamping related to a loss of symbolism during a period of major socioeconomic readjustment and innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDebating Lapita
Subtitle of host publicationDistribution, Chronology, Society and Subsistence
EditorsStuart Bedford, Matthew Spriggs
Place of PublicationActon ACT Australia
PublisherANU E Press
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781760463311
ISBN (Print)9781760463304
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

Nameterra Australis
PublisherANU Press

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