Excavations at the Pulemelei mound site 2002_2004

Helene Martinsson-Wallin, Paul Wallin, Geoffrey Clark

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    ABSTRACT Pulemelei mound on Savai'i Island in Samoa is thought to be the largest freestanding stone structure in Polynesia. The mound and adjacent structures in the Letolo plantation have been the focus of archaeological investigation from 2002 to 2004. Initial survey work at the site in the 1960s and 1970s was used to investigate the prehistoric settlement pattern, but our recent investigations comprise the first large-scale archaeological investigation of a monumental complex in Samoa. Our study examined the chronology and function of the large mound and other structures with archaeological and geophysical investigations. In this paper we describe the results of the archaeological excavations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-38
    JournalArchaeology in Oceania
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


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