Australian Museum Journal The SAC burial ground, Watom Island, Papua New Guinea

Shortform:
Green et al., 1989, Rec. Aust. Mus. 41(3): 215–221
Author(s):
Green, Roger C.; Anson, Dimitri; Specht, Jim
Year published:
1989
Title:
The SAC burial ground, Watom Island, Papua New Guinea
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
41
Issue:
3
Start page:
215
End page:
221
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.41.1989.143
Language:
English
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:
16 March 2009
Reference number:
143
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EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (101kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (876kb PDF)

Abstract

Discussion of the burial practices associated with the Lapita cultural complex has previously been limited through lack of evidence. This is rectified by presenting the basic mortuary data on a sample of eight adult inhumations from the SAC burial ground in the Reber-Rakival Lapita site on Watom Island and comparing them with three individual burials from Lapita sites in Fiji and Tonga. A common preference for burial in flexed positions within a small rounded pit feature is evident in the sample, although this practice does not apply to every case. There is, however, less consistency in orientation of the body, the greatest number being with the head to the west.

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