Earth mounds of New Hanover: distribution and function

Leavesley, Matthew G. (2001) Earth mounds of New Hanover: distribution and function. In: Clark, G.R., Anderson, A.J., and Vunidilo, T., (eds.) The Archaeology of Lapita Dispersal in Oceania: papers from the fourth Lapita Conference, June 2000, Canberra, Australia. Terra Australis, 17 . Pandanus Books, Canberra, ACT, pp. 203-209.

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[Extract] It is often hypothesised that agriculture played an important role in the Lapita dispersal, although no agricultural sites, of Lapita or post-Lapita age, have yet been adequately studied in the Bismarck Archipelago. A series of mounds have been identified in New Hanover whose significance to understanding prehistoric agricultural systems has not passed unnoticed (Hide et al. 1996:31). This paper reviews the previous reports of mounds in the New Hanover region, presents the results of a recent mound survey, and proposes that agriculture may have been the primary function of the mounds.

Item ID: 26610
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-74076-010-2
ISSN: 0725-9018
Keywords: archaeology, Pacific archaeology, Lapita, agriculture, agriculture origins, Bismarck Archipelago, mounds, New Hanover
Date Deposited: 17 May 2013 02:56
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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