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Ref ID: 29301
Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Bedford, Stuart
Spriggs, Matthew
Regenvanu, Ralph
Title: The Australian National University – Vanuatu Cultural Centre Archaeology Project, 1994-97: aims and results
Date: 1999
Source: Oceania
Abstract: Despite an intensive period of research in Vanuatu during the 1960s and 1970s, a number of basic questions regarding the archaeology of the islands remained largely unanswered. The Australian National University – Vanuatu Cultural Centre Archaeological Project began in 1994, and was established in an attempt to address some of these questions. Research has been carried out on the islands of Malakula, Efate, and Erromango, and has concentrated on establishing cultural sequences for the different islands. The evidence collected thus far overwhelmingly indicates that the islands were initially colonised some 3000 years ago by Lapita settlers. Dentate-stamped Lapita ceramics arrived with the initial colonisers and the ceramic traditions that followed evolved from the Lapita tradition. A more technical report on the 1994-97 work has recently been published (Bedford et al. 1998) and includes full reporting of radiocarbon dates on which the chronologies presented here are based. The project has also included intensive archaeological field-training of Cultural Centre staff and fieldworkers. This has proved invaluable where fieldworkers are able to heighten local awareness and understanding of archaeological remains.
Date Created: 11/25/2008
Volume: 70
Number: 1
Page Start: 16
Page End: 24