asian perspectives 42(1) spring 2003 much work remains to be done, and a lot of it will be baseline stu¤ involving the recovery of new field data and application of new analytical techniques. We also need to reconsider the theoretical frameworks that will guide the data capture and interpretation. In their diverse ways, these Lapita 2000 papers make a substantial and very welcome contribution to this endeavor. Lapita and its Transformations in the Mussau Islands, Papua New Guinea, 19851988: Volume 1, Introduction, Excavations and Chronology. Edited by Patrick V. Kirch. Contribution No. 59, Archaeological Research Facility, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, 2001. 246 pp, 139 illustrations, 16 tables. ISBN 1088274411-X. Reviewed by David Burley, Simon Fraser University In the early 1980s, archaeological data for the Bismarck Archipelago o¤ of northeast coastal New Guinea was provocative but frustratingly limited. The region long was suspected to be the source of the Lapita cultural complex that had colonized Remote Oceania from the Reef/Santa Cruz Islands through to Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa. Yet little more could be said, either about the origin of Lapita or its subsequent transformations in Near Oceania. At the Pacific Science Congress held in Dunedin in 1983,
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