By Stuart Bedford
Items of the Vanuatu Puzzle offers the result of the main extensive and frequent archaeological investigations in Vanuatu for greater than 30 years. For the 1st time the result of vast excavations conducted on 3 islands within the archipelago are released. The websites span from the interval of preliminary Lapita payment via to later cultural alterations. The learn has introduced higher readability to the early background of the Vanuatu archipelago and has wider implications for the quarter commonly relatively by way of how procedures of cultural switch are defined. it's a vital reference paintings either for these archaeologists operating within the western Pacific but in addition when you care for fabric tradition more often than not and pottery extra in particular.
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The recovered pottery from the site was dominated by plainware sherds. Some 5000 sherds were recovered from Erueti of which 96% were undecorated, a radical contrast to other sites where Mangaasi style decoration was in a ratio, decorated to plain of 50:50 (Garanger 1971:61). The vessels from Erueti were globular with outcurving rims. The distinctive lips were wide and flat and often notched on the outer edge, along with occasional decoration on the flat lip itself, including incision, punctation and in one case dentate stamping.
Garanger acknowledged the value of the Hébert’s article (Garanger 1972:16,18) which guided his initial archaeological program on Efate and the Shepherd Islands. The Shutlers in the South, Centre and North The New Hebrides portion of PAAP began in 1963 with Richard and Mary Shutler arriving on Aneityum in November. The Shutlers were to carry out a series of extensive surveys along with some excavation, principally in cave sites, on the islands in the south. The fieldwork which lasted almost a year has only ever been briefly outlined in a number of articles (M.
Abundant pottery and shell implements along with some stone and bone artefacts were recovered from the 3 foot (90cm) deep stratigraphy. E. 1968, 1973). All visits to other northern islands were very brief. On Malekula numerous sites with pottery were recorded on the north east coast and offshore islands. Surface collections of pottery were made but no excavations were carried out. Further brief visits were made to Ambae where pottery was noted, as it was on Pentecost. On Ambrym and Paama it was recognised that the regular volcanic eruptions and associated ash falls explained a lack of archaeological evidence.
Pieces of the Vanuatu puzzle: archaeology of the north, south and centre by Stuart Bedford