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dc.contributor.author Haslam, Michael en_US
dc.contributor.author Liston, Jolie en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-04T19:57:15Z en_US
dc.date.available 2010-08-04T19:57:15Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Haslam, M., and J. Liston. 2008. The Use of Flaked Stone Artifacts in Palau, Western Micronesia. Asian Perspectives 47 (2): 405-28. 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/10125/17295 en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper summarizes current research into flaked stone assemblages from the Republic of Palau, Micronesia. We review archaeological analyses of Palau's flaked stone artifacts, examine ethnohistorical sources for descriptions and potential uses of lithic tools, and present the results of a recent microscopic use-wear and residue study of twenty flaked stone artifacts. We find that while a lithic technology based on bipolar reduction had emerged by at least the beginning of the first millennium B.C., the archaeological and ethnohistorical records demonstrate the relative obscurity of stone tool use in the final stages of prehistory. The artifacts analyzed for residues are associated with radiocarbon dates ranging from ca. 1120 B.C.-A.D. 1640, with the majority recovered from inland earthwork and village complexes radiocarbon dated to approximately two thousand years ago. Residue evidence for wood and bone/skin working is discussed in terms of past social activities and changes in settlement patterns, and in light of the perceived dominance of shell as a tool material on Palau. The potential for soil fungi to influence the interpretation of artifact residues is also considered. The study emphasizes the unique position of residue analyses in contributing to studies of artifact function in the Pacific, and suggests future directions for flaked-stone research on Palau. KEYWORDS: Palau, Micronesia, stone, residue analysis, microscopy. en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 47 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Number 2 en_US
dc.subject Palau en_US
dc.subject Micronesia en_US
dc.subject stone en_US
dc.subject residue analysis en_US
dc.subject microscopy 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 Use of Flaked Stone Artifacts in Palau, Western Micronesia en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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