Archaeology in Port Moresby and the southern lowlands of Papua New Guinea: intellectual and historical contexts for Caution Bay

David, Bruno, Richards, Thomas, Skelly, Robert, McNiven, Ian J., and Leavesley, Matthew (2016) Archaeology in Port Moresby and the southern lowlands of Papua New Guinea: intellectual and historical contexts for Caution Bay. 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. 9-25.

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Abstract

Until the Caution Bay project, limited archaeological research in the Port Moresby region and, more broadly, along the entire southern lowlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG) had been almost exclusively restricted to sites of the past 2000 years, representing that period after the arrival of ceramicists. This limited window of time covered by the archaeological evidence had critical impacts for how we have since come to understand the long-term history of the entire region, and thus for how the Caution Bay finds themselves came to be slotted-in to a predetermined cultural pattern incorporating hypothesized ceramic transactions along vast distances of coastline. Here we revisit this archaeological setting, as it sets the scene for how our understanding of the long-term history of the southern lowlands needs to be rethought in light of the Caution Bay results, and, on the other hand, for how some of these new results confirm other pre-existing patterns.

Item ID: 46841
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-78491-504-9
Keywords: Lapita; Caution Bay; Papua New Guinea; archaeology
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Discovery Project DP0877782, ARC Discovery Project DP130102514
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 04:42
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%
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