Australian Museum Journal Lapita People: an introductory context for skeletal materials associated with pottery of this cultural complex

Shortform:
Green, 1989, Rec. Aust. Mus. 41(3): 207–213
Author(s):
Green, Roger C.
Year published:
1989
Title:
Lapita People: an introductory context for skeletal materials associated with pottery of this cultural complex
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
41
Issue:
3
Start page:
207
End page:
213
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.41.1989.142
Language:
English
Plates:
plate i and preface
Date published:
30 November 1989
Cover date:
30 November 1989
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ANTHROPOLOGY; ARCHAEOLOGY; NEW GUINEA; OCEAN: PACIFIC
Digitized:
24 November 2008
Available online:
08 December 2008
Reference number:
142
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (111kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (1196kb PDF)

Abstract

Various theoretical statements in the 1970's and 1980's by Howells, Bellwood, Pietrusewsky, Brace & Hinton, Terrell, and Houghton on the likely biological origins and affinities of populations which settled the geographic areas of Melanesia and Polynesia are outlined. They serve to highlight some of the background issues involved in a set of papers assembled here that constitutes the first thorough examination of human burials associated with the Lapita cultural complex. These are the only skeletal materials recovered so far from the Oceanic area to bear directly on the nature of the biological populations present in Island Melanesia and Western Polynesia 3,500 to 2,100 years ago and as such allow limited assessment of the different theories which to date have largely been derived from the analysis of either fairly recent palaeobiological evidence or from the study of still living populations.