The stone adze and obsidian assemblage from the Talasiu site, Kingdom of Tonga

Reepmeyer, Christian, Ferguson, Redbird, Valentin, Frederique, and Clark, Geoffrey R. (2021) The stone adze and obsidian assemblage from the Talasiu site, Kingdom of Tonga. Archaeology in Oceania, 56. pp. 1-16.

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Abstract

Typological and geochemical analyses of stone adzes and other stone tools have played a significant role in identifying directionality of colonisation movements in early migratory events in the Western Pacific. In later phases of Polynesian prehistory, stone adzes are important status goods which show substantial spatial and temporal variation. However, there is a debate when standardisation of form and manufacture appeared, whether it can be seen in earliest populations colonising the Pacific or whether it is a later development. We present in this paper a stone adze and obsidian tool assemblage from an early Ancestral Polynesian Society Talasiu site on Tongatapu, Kingdom of Tonga. The site shows a wide variety of adze types; however, if raw material origin is taken into account, emerging standardisation in adze form might be detected. We also show that Tongatapu was strongly connected in a network of interaction to islands to the North, particularly Samoa, suggesting that these islands had permanent populations.

Item ID: 66227
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1834-4453
Copyright Information: © 2021 The Authors. Archaeology in Oceania published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of Oceania Publications (OP) This is an open access article under the terms of the CreativeCommonsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2021 03:47
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