Among Polynesia's first pots

Among Polynesia's first pots,10.1016/j.jas.2009.12.002,Journal of Archaeological Science,David V. Burley,William R. Dickinson

Among Polynesia's first pots   (Citations: 2)
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X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy and petrographic thin section microscopy are applied to a sample of anomalous appearing Lapita pottery sherds from Nukuleka, the earliest archaeological site in Polynesia. Both analyses indicate non-local origins for the ceramic vessels, suggesting they were brought on founding canoes. Mineral inclusions in ceramic tempers eliminate sources to the west of Tonga in eastern Melanesia; rather the temper source is most probably a dacitic high island from a distant island arc of central Melanesia. Polynesian origins and settlement are issues more complex than currently recognized by the orthodox progressive settlement model for Lapita expansion across Oceania.
Journal: Journal of Archaeological Science - J ARCHAEOL SCI , vol. 37, no. 5, pp. 1020-1026, 2010
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    • ...A parsimonious explanation of Lapita voyaging patterns in Fiji–West Polynesia based on exotic pottery (eg, Burley and Dickinson 2010) posits the arrival of multiple groups in the large landmasses of west Fiji and possibly Tonga over several centuries, suggesting the likelihood of some return voyaging to New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and the Reef/Santa Cruz Islands (Summerhayes 2000)...

    Christian Reepmeyeret al. Obsidian Source Use in Tongan Prehistory: New Results and Implications

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