Pre- to post-Lapita predation patterns: shellfish exploitation at Tanamu 1, Caution Bay, Papua New Guinea

Ferguson, Redbird, Aird, Samantha, Drury, Tanya, Leavesley, Matthew, Ulm, Sean, Tomkins, Helene, Asmussen, Brit, David, Bruno, McNiven, Ian, Thangavelu, Eddie, and Richards, Thomas (2014) Pre- to post-Lapita predation patterns: shellfish exploitation at Tanamu 1, Caution Bay, Papua New Guinea. In: Culture, Climate, Change: archaeology in the tropics: conference handbook, p. 89. From: AAA/ASHA2014: the joint Australian Archaeological Association and Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology annual conference: culture, climate, change: archaeology in the tropics, 1-3 December 2014, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

[img]
Preview
PDF (Published Version) - Published Version
Download (2MB) | Preview
[img]
Preview
PDF (Abstract) - Supplemental Material
Download (143kB) | Preview
 
86


Abstract

Few studies have investigated past human shellfish predation patterns using archaeological shell assemblages from mainland Papua New Guinea dating to the mid-to-late Holocene. Caution Bay boasts the largest Lapita site complex ever recorded on mainland Papua New Guinea and includes rich and diverse shellfish midden assemblages. Human harvesting of shellfish among ancestral coastal Motuan/Koita gardening societies was an important subsistence strategy. Our research questions 1) the nature of selection pressure on shellfish species and 2) optimal foraging strategies adopted by Motuan/Koita peoples. Morphometric analysis of two shellfish species from JD6, Square B, Caution Bay, Papua New Guinea will identify the ageat- death of Anadara spp. and Conomurex luhuanus midden assemblages. Morphometric results will be used to explore whether predation can be isolated to either human exploitation and/or environmental impacts on shellfish populations through time.

Item ID: 36446
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
Additional Information:

The handbook for this conference is available from the Related URLs field and can be cited as:

Ulm, Sean, Mate, Geraldine, and Jerbic, Julie (2014) Culture, Climate, Change: archaeology in the tropics: conference handbook. Australian Archaeological Association/Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

Related URLs:
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 00:47
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%
Downloads: Total: 86
Last 12 Months: 7
More Statistics

Actions (Repository Staff Only)

Item Control Page Item Control Page