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dc.contributor.author Rosenthal, Mara Elena en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-04T19:45:07Z en_US
dc.date.available 2010-08-04T19:45:07Z en_US
dc.date.issued 1995 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Rosenthal, M. E. 1995. The Archaeological Excavation of an Outrigger Canoe at the Nasilai Site, Rewa Delta, Viti Levu, Fiji. Asian Perspectives 34 (1): 91-118. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1535-8283 (E-ISSN) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0066-8435 (Print) en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/17060 en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper presents the results of archaeological excavations of portions of a late prehistoric/early historic Fijian camakau, or outrigger canoe. The excavations, conducted under the auspices of the Fiji Museum, were undertaken in 1987 at the site of Nasilai, in the Rewa Delta, Viti Levu, Fiji. The Nasilai canoe remains provide direct evidence of a medium-size outrigger canoe that had a cabin with upper deck situated on the canoe platform. This "early" feature has been known to scholars previously only on the basis of oral histories and historical references (Neyret 1976). Further, the Nasilai canoe remains provide the earliest direct archaeological evidence for the incorporation of a specifically Micronesian maritime technological feature into the Fijian canoe design. This is witnessed in a technique of mast fitting seen on the Nasilai canoe. The notched base of the mast, set onto a step placed on the platform of the canoe, permitted the entire sail to pivot in accordance with changing wind directions. This amphidromous canoe design is dated at Nasilai, on the basis of two He readings in combination with stratigraphic evidence indicating an absence of historic objects in the canoe-bearing stratum, to A.D. 1440-1830. The amphidromous canoe design had implications for regional seafaring-the newly incorporated technique permitted vessels to beat against prevailing winds, facilitating inter- and intraisland interactions and hence potentially larger sociopolitical trends. KEYWORDS: Pacific archaeology, Fiji, outrigger canoe, amphidromous, decked platform cabin, maritime technology. en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 34 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Number 1 en_US
dc.subject Pacific archaeology en_US
dc.subject Fiji en_US
dc.subject outrigger canoe en_US
dc.subject amphidromous en_US
dc.subject decked platform cabin en_US
dc.subject maritime technology en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania--Antiquities--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals. en_US
dc.title The Archaeological Excavation of an Outrigger Canoe at the Nasilai Site, Rewa Delta, Viti Levu, Fiji en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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