The Teouma Lapita site and the early human settlement of the Pacific Islands

Stuart Bedford*, Matthew Spriggs, Ralph Regenvanu

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    Abstract

    The Teouma site, on Efate in central Vanuatu, was uncovered during quarrying in 2003 and has proved to be one of the most significant discoveries to date for the colonisation of Remote Oceania. Not only did it bring to light a fine assemblage of the famously diagnostic Lapita ceramics, but a cemetery of more than 25 individuals along with the pots. The skeletons offer an opportunity to investigate the origins of the 'Lapita people' who first appeared in the Bismarck Archipelago around 3300 years ago and rapidly moved through island Melanesia and Western Polynesia over the next few centuries.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)812-828
    Number of pages17
    JournalAntiquity
    Volume80
    Issue number310
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006

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