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Excavation in Peva Valley, Rurutu, Austral Islands (East Polynesia)

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Title:Excavation in Peva Valley, Rurutu, Austral Islands (East Polynesia)
Authors:Bollt, Robert
Keywords:East Polynesia
Austral Islands
Cook Islands
LC Subject Headings:Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals.
Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals.
East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
Date Issued:2008
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
Citation:Bollt, R. 2008. Excavation in Peva Valley, Rurutu, Austral Islands (East Polynesia). Asian Perspectives 47 (1): 156-87.
Series:Volume 47
Number 1
Abstract:The Peva dune site on Rurutu, Austral Islands, excavated in 2003, has yielded a rich archaeological assemblage containing artifacts and both vertebrate and invertebrate fauna from two distinct stratigraphic layers. The lower layer dates from the East Polynesian Archaic period (c. A.D. 1000-1450), and the upper layer from the Classic period (c. eighteenth and nineteenth centuries A.D.), during which time the site was a ceremonial marae. The two layers are entirely distinct, separated by a thick deposit of sterile beach sand. This article analyzes the major temporal trends in Rurutu's artifact and faunal assemblages, and discusses them in terms of both the general efflorescence of East Polynesian culture, and the more specifIc emergence of a uniquely Austral culture, which impressed early European visitors as being quite unique. KEYWORDS: East Polynesia, Austral Islands, Cook Islands, Rurutu, colonization.
ISSN:1535-8283 (E-ISSN)
0066-8435 (Print)
Appears in Collections: Asian Perspectives, 2008 - Volume 47, Number 1 (Spring)

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