The chronology of Popo, an ancestral village site in Orokolo Bay, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea

Chris Urwin, Quan Hua, Robert John Skelly, Henry Arifeae

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Cultural research at Orokolo Bay (PNG) has long focussed on elaborate social-ceremonial practice and maritime exchange (hiri). Previously the chronology of settlement was based on a single radiocarbon determination of 410 ± 80 BP from Popo village. Today, Popo is an important village site along an ancestral migration route for clan groups living up to 125 km to the east. This paper presents archaeological results of a recent excavation at Popo, undertaken near the location of Rhoads’ earlier investigations in 1976. A statistically modelled chronology based on six newly obtained radiocarbon dates reveals occupation for this part of Popo between 13 and 455 cal. BP. These new results enable us to understand better the chronological history of this part of Orokolo Bay.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-97
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Archaeology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018


  • bayesian
  • Chronology
  • hiri
  • melanesia
  • migration village

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