Excavations at the site of Vasino, Lautem District, Timor-Leste

Brockwell, Sally, O'Connor, Sue, Fenner, Jack N., McWilliam, Andrew, Amano, Noel, Piper, Philip J., Bulbeck, David, Litster, Mirani, Whitau, Rose, O’Connor-Veth, Jack, Maloney, Tim, Cameron, Judith, Willan, Richard, and Dickinson, William (2020) Excavations at the site of Vasino, Lautem District, Timor-Leste. In: O'Connor, Sue, McWilliam, Andrew, and Brockwell, Sally, (eds.) Forts and Fortification in Wallacea: Archaeological and Ethnohistoric Investigations. Terra Australis, 53 . ANU Press, Canberra, ACT, Australia, pp. 67-100.

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Abstract

This chapter explores the archaeology and ethnohistory of one of the distinctive fortified settlements in the eastern part of Timor-Leste. In 2009, a team from The Australian National University (ANU), together with local people, partially excavated the site of Vasino, located close to the north coast of Timor-Leste, above the modern village of Moro-Parlamento (Figure 4.1). The site had been fortified with large stone walls and the aim was to provide more data on when, how and why these fortifications were used in the region. Two related questions guided the research. First, when was the main period of fort construction initiated? Secondly, what were the prevailing environmental and social conditions of those times?

Item ID: 71097
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-76046-389-2
Keywords: Fortifications; Wallacea; Timor-Leste; Conflict; Archaeology
Copyright Information: This title is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).
Funders: Australian Research Council
Projects and Grants: ARC DP0556210, ARC LP0776789
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2022 23:51
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4301 Archaeology > 430102 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas @ 50%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4301 Archaeology > 430101 Archaeological science @ 50%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130702 Understanding Asia’s past @ 100%
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