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The Prehistory of Buka: A Stepping Stone Island in the Northern Solomons

Stephen Wickler

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ISBN 10: 0731555007 / ISBN 13: 9780731555000
Published by The Australian National University, 2001
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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306 p. Includes: illustrations, diagrams, maps, bibliography. Terra Australis 16 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # ABE.0012219

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Title: The Prehistory of Buka: A Stepping Stone ...

Publisher: The Australian National University

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Fine

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The Prehistory of Buka: A Stepping Stone Island in the Northern Solomons publishes for the first time the detailed results of archaeological field research carried out by the author on the island of Buka and smaller offshore islands in what was then North Solomons Province, Papua New Guinea. These results include documentation of Pleistocene human settlement for the first time in the main Solomon Islands. Information on the nature of Lapita settlement from reef flat sites, a detailed assessment of the post-Lapita ceramic sequence for Buka originally constructed by Jim Specht (1969), the elucidation of long-term trends in subsistence, and the examination of changing patterns of exchange and interaction throughout the prehistoric sequence. Excavations at four open beach sites and three cave/rockshelter sites document settlement from the late Pleistocene to late prehistoric period. The earliest occupational evidence dates to 29,000 BP at the Kilu cave site. The rich faunal assemblage at this site includes endemic rats which are now extinct. Starch residues and raphides from aroids found on stone tools from the basal site deposit provide the earliest direct evidence for the use of root crops in the World. Prior to the late Lapita period when beach and cave/rockshelter sites are documented, evidence for Lapita settlement is restricted to artefacts on intertidal reef flats interpreted as stilt village settlements. Analysis of ceramics from reef flat sites on Buka, Sohano and Nissan Island reveal similarities in clay and temper composition, vessel form and decoration. Evidence for exchange during the Lapita period includes obsidian from the Bismarcks (almost exclusively from the Admiralties rather than New Britain) and the probable transport of Buka-made ceramics to Nissan Island.

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