Obsidian source use in Tongan prehistory: new results and implications

Reepmeyer, Christian, Clark, Geoffrey, and Sheppard, Peter (2012) Obsidian source use in Tongan prehistory: new results and implications. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, 7 (2). pp. 255-271.

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Abstract

The article presents results of an obsidian sourcing study on artifacts from Tonga and Fiji. New LA-ICPMS data on obsidian source locations on Tafahi in northern Tonga are discussed in relation to inter-island mobility during two important phases in the Central Pacific: the late-Lapita phase in Fiji-West Polynesia at 2700–2600 cal. BP and during the time of the rise of Polynesian chiefdoms at ~1000–400 cal. BP. The sourcing results indicate that two sources of obsidian were exploited during Tongan prehistory. It is suggested that different modes of interaction were responsible for obsidian movement during the early and late phases of Tongan prehistory.

Item ID: 38978
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1556-1828
Keywords: obsidian, provenance studies, colonization, maritime connection of Polynesian chiefdoms
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC FT0990591
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2015 03:42
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210102 Archaeological Science @ 40%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210106 Archaeology of New Guinea and Pacific Islands (excl New Zealand) @ 60%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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