Australian Museum Journal The Lapita-associated human material from Lakeba, Fiji

Shortform:
Houghton, 1989, Rec. Aust. Mus. 41(3): 327–329
Author(s):
Houghton, P.
Year published:
1989
Title:
The Lapita-associated human material from Lakeba, Fiji
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
41
Issue:
3
Start page:
327
End page:
329
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.41.1989.148
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:
08 December 2008
Reference number:
148
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Complete work:
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Abstract

The remains of an individual interred about the middle of the first millenium BC, in association with Lapita ceramics, on the island of Lakeba in the Lau group of Fiji, have been examined. The long bones were robust and showed marked bowing and other evidence of considerable muscularity. The femur had an oval fovea and marked platymeria (index 71). Stature was estimated at 1,715 mm. The incomplete jaw was of 'rocker' form on one side and showed a very slight antegonial notch on the other. The morphology of this individual is fully compatible with the known Polynesian skeletal phenotype.