Australian Museum Journal Archaeological Studies of the Middle and Late Holocene, Papua New Guinea. Part II. The Boduna Island (FEA) Lapita site

Shortform:
Specht and Summerhayes, 2007, Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus., online 20: 51–103
Author(s):
Specht, Jim; Summerhayes, Glenn R.
Year published:
2007
Title:
Archaeological Studies of the Middle and Late Holocene, Papua New Guinea. Part II. The Boduna Island (FEA) Lapita site
Serial title:
Technical Reports of the Australian Museum (online)
Volume:
20
Start page:
51
End page:
103
DOI:
10.3853/j.1835-4211.20.2007.1474
Language:
English
Date published:
12 December 2007
Cover date:
12 December 2007
ISSN:
1835-4211
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ANTHROPOLOGY; ARCHAEOLOGY; NEW GUINEA
Digitized:
12 December 2007
Available online:
12 December 2007
Reference number:
1474
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Abstract

The FEA Lapita pottery site on Boduna Island, West New Britain, is one of the most important Lapita sites of the Talasea region. Archaeological investigations in 1980 and 1985 concluded that the site has been disturbed and its stratigraphic integrity is insecure. Fieldwork in 1989 targeted this issue, and further work in 2001 examined the island's geological history. This paper describes the 1989 study, and concludes from the pottery from the various excavations and surface collections that there is residual evidence for stylistic change through time. Use of the island began c. 3340–3000 cal. bp, but no firm date can be suggested for the end of pottery use on the island. The island seems too small to have supported permanent occupation without importation of food or use of land elsewhere for gardening, and might have been used only intermittently by local residents or visiting groups, perhaps for special social or ritual activities similar to the use suggested by Kirch for zone C at ECA/B in the Mussau group.