Pre-Lapita decorated wood from Apalo, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea

Specht, Jim, Lentfer, Carol, Gosden, Chris, Jacobsen, Geraldine and Lindsay, Sue (2015) Pre-Lapita decorated wood from Apalo, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Archaeology in Oceania, 50 2: 105-110. doi:10.1002/arco.5057


Author Specht, Jim
Lentfer, Carol
Gosden, Chris
Jacobsen, Geraldine
Lindsay, Sue
Title Pre-Lapita decorated wood from Apalo, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Journal name Archaeology in Oceania
ISSN 1834-4453
0003-8121
Publication date 2015-07-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/arco.5057
Volume 50
Issue 2
Start page 105
End page 110
Total pages 6
Place of publication Richmond, VIC Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In 1989–1990, part of a wooden artefact with an incised criss-cross design was recovered from the pre-Lapita pottery level of the U-L-T area of the Apalo site in the Arawe Islands of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. The artefact was made from a Ficus tree species, and has been dated by AMS to 4043–3848 calBP (95.4%). This makes it the oldest directly dated ornamented object in the New Guinea region, though zoomorphic stone figurines and pestles and decorated stone mortars of the region are probably of similar antiquity. The artefact adds to the growing body of information about people in the Papua New Guinea Islands prior to the appearance of Lapita pottery, though the simplicity of the design and its widespread distribution in time and space caution against seeing it as a precursor to the Lapita design system. The nature of the original artefact is uncertain.
Keyword Incised wood
Pre-Lapita
AMS dating
Apalo
Arawe Islands
Papua New Guinea
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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