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dc.contributor.author Clark, Geoffrey R en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-04T19:54:18Z en_US
dc.date.available 2010-08-04T19:54:18Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2005 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Clark, G. R. 2005. A 3000-Year Culture Sequence from Palau, Western Micronesia. Asian Perspectives 44 (2): 349-80. 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/10125/17240 en_US
dc.description.abstract In western Micronesia archaeological sites containing material-culture remains spanning millennia are rare. This paper reports one from Ulong Island in Palau, which is radiocarbon dated to 3000 cal. B.P. The pottery sequence was divided into three assemblages, each distinguished by distinct vessel forms and by the type and proportion of nonplastic temper inclusions. An abrupt transformation of the ceramic assemblage is tentatively dated to around 2400 cal. B.P., coincident with substantial landscape alteration on the main island where pottery was manufactured, indicating that anthropogenic activity may have constrained the raw materials available to prehistoric potters. There is a discontinuity in the sequence from 2000-1000 B.P. that might represent an hiatus in site use. Critical consideration of paleoenvironmental data pointing to human arrival at 4500-4300 cal. B.P. suggests, instead, that climatic events may be responsible for the observed palaeoecological changes. If so, then sites dating to 3300-3000 cal. B.P., such as Ulong, could well be among the oldest in western Micronesia. KEYWORDS: archaeology, Palau, colonization, culture sequence, western Micronesia. en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 44 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Number 2 en_US
dc.subject archaeology en_US
dc.subject Palau en_US
dc.subject colonization en_US
dc.subject culture sequence en_US
dc.subject western Micronesia 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 A 3000-Year Culture Sequence from Palau, Western Micronesia en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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