Recent recoveries of archaeological ceramics on Santa Isabel, Central Solomon Islands

Carter, Melissa Jane, Roe, David, and Keopo, John (2012) Recent recoveries of archaeological ceramics on Santa Isabel, Central Solomon Islands. Journal of Pacific Archaeology, 3 (2). pp. 62-68.

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Abstract

Recent field investigations on Santa Isabel (Isabel) in the Central Solomon Islands have revealed the presence of archaeological pottery in both terrestrial and intertidal contexts. Preliminary dating results and comparative stylistic analyses of sherds provide evidence to suggest an antiquity of ceramics in northwest (NW) Isabel spanning the late Holocene to the recent historic past. These research outcomes expand the known distribution of pottery within the Solomon Islands and provide new knowledge about the prehistory of Santa Isabel. Here we describe the Santa Isabel ceramics, and suggest several implications of the research for current settlement models of the Solomon Islands and for our understanding of the variability in the archaeological record of mid- to late-Holocene ceramic distribution throughout the region.

Item ID: 23852
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1179-4712
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2012 23:05
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210106 Archaeology of New Guinea and Pacific Islands (excl New Zealand) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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