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Far Western, Western, and Eastern Lapita: A Re-Evaluation

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Title:Far Western, Western, and Eastern Lapita: A Re-Evaluation
Authors:Summerhayes, Glenn R.
West New Britain
Melanesian archaeology
LC Subject Headings:Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals.
Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals.
East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
Date Issued:2000
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
Citation:Summerhayes, G. R. 2000. Far Western, Western, and Eastern Lapita: A Re-Evaluation. Asian Perspectives 39 (1-2): 109-38.
Series:Volume 39
Numbers 1 & 2
Abstract:Lapita assemblages from the western Pacific have been regionalized into stylistic boundaries or provinces, known as Far Western, Western, and Eastern, and it has been thought that differences between them are partly temporal (Far Western) and mainly a result of isolation after the initial colonization of the area (Western versus Eastern). This paper assesses these constructions by comparing dentate decorated Lapita pottery from assemblages in West New Britain, Papua New Guinea, with assemblages further afield. It is argued here that differences between these style provinces are primarily due to temporal factors and that the terms Far Western, Western, and Eastern should be replaced by Early, Middle, and Late Lapita. KEYWORDS: Lapita, West New Britain, Melanesian archaeology, pottery.
ISSN:1535-8283 (E-ISSN)
0066-8435 (Print)
Appears in Collections: Asian Perspectives, 2000 - Volume 39, Numbers 1 & 2 (Spring-Fall)

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