The Caution Bay Project field and laboratory methods

David, Bruno, Richards, Thomas, McNiven, Ian, Mialanes, Jerome, Aplin, Ken, Petchey, Fiona, Peck, Helene, Asmussen, Brit, Ulm, Sean, Szabó, Katherine, Jones-Amin, Holly, Faulkner, Patrick, Perrette, Claire, Rowe, Cassandra, Leavesley, Matthew, and Barker, Bryce (2016) The Caution Bay Project field and laboratory methods. In: Richards, Thomas, David, Bruno, Aplin, Ken, and McNiven, Ian J., (eds.) Archaeological Research at Caution Bay, Papua New Guinea: cultural, linguistic and environmental setting. Caution Bay Studies in Archaeology, 1 . Archaeopress, Oxford, UK, pp. 145-175.

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Abstract

This chapter reports on the personnel, research structure and analytical methods employed in the Caution Bay project, constituting the sum of the various phases of field and laboratory research at Caution Bay. We stress that from the onset our approach has been to investigate through excavation the character of the archaeological record at a landscape scale, rather than more detailed investigations of a handful of sites that would have provided limited spatial understandings across the whole of the study area. That is, limited excavations at numerous sites were favoured over large-scale horizontal excavations of a few sites. This choice of strategy has arguably been vindicated by the discovery of rich cultural deposits that would have been entirely missed had we focused on the 'best' surface sites, none of which possess the treasured and then-unexpected Lapita horizons subsequently found at depth following excavation at sites with minor post-Lapita surface cultural deposits. Be that as it may, we present here baseline details into the analytical methods used for all of our excavations and laboratory research, critical background information that details how 122 Caution Bay sites have been excavated and analysed, towards publication in a sequence of forthcoming monographs.

Item ID: 46837
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: Lapita; Caution Bay; Papua New Guinea; archaeology
ISBN: 978-1-78491-504-9
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Discovery Project DP0877782, ARC Discovery Project DP130102514
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2017 04:25
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210106 Archaeology of New Guinea and Pacific Islands (excl New Zealand) @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210102 Archaeological Science @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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