Long-distance connections in Vanuatu: new obsidian characterisations for the Makué site, Aore Island

Galipaud, Jean-Christophe, Reepmeyer, Christian, Torrence, Robin, Kelloway, Sarah, and White, Peter (2014) Long-distance connections in Vanuatu: new obsidian characterisations for the Makué site, Aore Island. Archaeology in Oceania, 49 (2). pp. 110-116.

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Abstract

A geochemical study using pXRF and LA–ICP–MS to characterise artefacts from sites dating to the initial phase of colonisation on Aore and Malo islands, Vanuatu, has confirmed the dominance of obsidian from the distant Kutau/Bao source in West New Britain, with a smaller group from local outcrops in the Banks Islands, Vanuatu. Three flakes from the Umleang/Umrei source in the Admiralty Islands have also been identified in later levels. Distance fall-off analysis of metric and technological attributes suggests that during the early phase of human colonisation of Remote Oceania, obsidian circulated within a series of separate, loosely connected social spheres.

Item ID: 38974
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1834-4453
Keywords: Bismarck Archipelago, LA–ICP–MS, obsidian, pXRF, Vanuatu
Funders: French Foreign Affairs, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)
Projects and Grants: IRD UR ADENTRHO
Date Deposited: 28 May 2015 03:18
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210102 Archaeological Science @ 30%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210106 Archaeology of New Guinea and Pacific Islands (excl New Zealand) @ 70%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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