Reinvestigating a key site for Polynesian prehistory: New results from the Hane dune site, Ua Huka (Marquesas)

Eric Conte, Guillaume Molle*

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Abstract

Since the first excavations by Sinoto and Kellum in 1964-1965, the Hane dune site, situated on Ua Huka, Marquesas Islands, has been considered as a key site in central Eastern Polynesia and, as such, has been utilised in different colonisation models. However, some problems remained, particularly due to the lack of full publication of the original excavation results, and it appeared that these issues could only be resolved with new investigations. In 2009, the authors opened an 18-m2 excavation that produced a controlled stratigraphy of ten layers. This paper presents the first results, focusing on the stratigraphy and new dates obtained, indicating a sequence of nearly six centuries, from early human settlement around the mid-tenth century until the abandonment of the dune around the mid-sixteenth century.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-136
Number of pages16
JournalArchaeology in Oceania
Volume49
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes

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