Archaeological investigations at Waredaru and the origins of the Keipte Kuyumen clan estate, upper Kikori River, Papua New Guinea

David, Bruno, Mialanes, Jérôme, Petchey, Fiona, Aplin, Ken, Geneste, Jean-Michel, Skelly, Robert, and Rowe, Cassandra (2015) Archaeological investigations at Waredaru and the origins of the Keipte Kuyumen clan estate, upper Kikori River, Papua New Guinea. Paleo, 26. pp. 33-57.

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Abstract

In 2008-2009, the patriarch of the Keipte Kuyumen clan of the upper Kikori River near the Highlands foothills, Papua New Guinea, requested that archaeological excavations be undertaken at the site of Waredaru in a dense rainforest setting, an ancestral village only known from oral traditions. According to these oral traditions, Waredaru was a sago adze-head ('sago-pounder') manufacturing centre, and it is at this village that the Keipte Kuyumen underwent an important ceremony by which they obtained their clan lands. This paper reports on these archaeological excavations, enabling the rare dating of the origins of the Keipte Kuyumen as a landed social group.

Item ID: 42482
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1145-3370
Keywords: Papua New Guinea, Keipte Kuyumen clan, Archaeology, Oral traditions, Kikori River,Ethnoarchaeology
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), QEII Fellowship, DORA Fellowship
Projects and Grants: QEII DP0877782, DORA DP130102514
Date Deposited: 30 May 2016 05:27
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210106 Archaeology of New Guinea and Pacific Islands (excl New Zealand) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950306 Conserving Pacific Peoples Heritage @ 50%
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