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Publication . Article . 2016

Sāmoan artefact provenance reveals limited artefact transfer within and beyond the archipelago

Ethan E. Cochrane; Timothy M. Rieth;
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Published: 10 Mar 2016 Journal: Archaeology in Oceania, volume 51, pages 150-157 (issn: 0728-4896, Copyright policy )
Publisher: Wiley

We summarise previous provenance research of Sāmoan lithic and ceramic artefacts, noting the timing and relative frequency of artefact transfers. Our summary suggests few intra- and extra-archipelago artefact transfers for the first two millennia, but that these modestly increased in the last 800 years of the prehistoric sequence. The late distribution of Sāmoan basalt around the Pacific was spatially expansive, but proportionally small. These results have implications for explaining both the development of Polynesian society and basalt artefact exchange. RESUME Nous presentons ici une revue des travaux engages sur la provenance des artefacts lithiques et ceramiques samoans, en insistant sur temporalite et la frequence relative des transferts d'objets. Notre synthese suggere assez peu d’echanges dans et hors de l'archipel durant les deux premiers millenaires, mais une augmentation moderee de ces transferts au cours des 800 dernieres annees de la sequence prehistorique. La distribution tardive des outils de basalte de Samoa apparait geographiquement etendue dans le Pacifique, mais quantitativement reduite. Ces resultats apportent des eclairages sur le developpement de la societe polynesienne ainsi que sur les echanges d'outils en basalte.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Archaeology Provenance Archipelago geography.geographical_feature_category geography

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