Preceramic shell‐working, Caution Bay and the circum-New Guinea archipelago

Szabó, Katherine, David, Bruno, Mcniven, Ian, and Leavesley, Matthew (2021) Preceramic shell‐working, Caution Bay and the circum-New Guinea archipelago. In: Thomas, Tim, (ed.) Theory in the Pacific, the Pacific in Theory: Archaeological Perspectives. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 123-144.

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Excavations at Caution Bay along the southeast coast of mainland New Guinea have been undertaken in 122 archaeological sites that together cover the past 6,000 years of cultural history. Both preceramic and ceramic assemblages are present. Tanamu 1 is one of these sites, its preceramic assemblage of worked shell forming the basis of the following discussion. In the absence of any regional formulations of preceramic worked shell technologies in line with either particular geographical areas or recognised socio-cultural groups, we here investigate similarities and differences in shell-working technologies and types across the Circum-New Guinea Archipelago through time, and what these may mean for the configurations of preceramic cultural traditions and geographies. Given the extremely scattered and partial nature of current understandings of large areas of the Circum-New Guinea Archipelago, this analysis of worked shell assemblages acts as a launching point from which to explore the broader region’s spatial history.

Item ID: 67130
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-203-73097-3
Keywords: Lapita; shell artefacts; archaeomalacology
Copyright Information: © 2021 selection and editorial matter, Tim Thomas; individual chapters, the contributors. The right of Tim Thomas to be identified as the author of the editorial material, and of the authors for their individual chapters, has been asserted in accordance with sections 77 and 78 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reprinted or reproduced or utilised in any form or by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying and recording, or in any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publishers.
Funders: Australian Research Council
Projects and Grants: ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CE170100015), ARC Future Fellowship (FT140100504)
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2021 01:26
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4513 Pacific Peoples culture, language and history > 451301 Archaeology of New Guinea and Pacific Islands (excl. New Zealand) @ 70%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4301 Archaeology > 430101 Archaeological science @ 30%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130799 Understanding past societies not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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