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Pacific Archaeology: Assessments and Prospects (review)

Pacific Archaeology: Assessments and Prospects (review) book reviews illustrated in chapter 4. The ceramic sequence begins with an early form of paddle-impressed ware characteristic of the late Lapita period, continues with ``intermediate'' period ceramics marked by vessels with inturned rims, and ends with classic Oundjo tradition ware. The nonceramic artifacts include a number of shell beads, rings, and a single one-piece fishhook (the latter a very rare artifact category in New Caledonian excavations), as well as lithic flakes. Chapters 5 and 6 are devoted to the invertebrate and vertebrate faunal remains from the 1999 test excavations. The density of shellfish remains was remarkable, with between 21 and 36 kg/m 3 in three units and an incredible 115 kg/m 3 in one sondage of site EHI013. Bivalves dominate the assemblage, particularly four genera: Polymesoda, Dendostrea, Anadara, and Gafrarium. These results show the extraordinary richness of the inshore marine resources of La Grande Terre. The fishbone assemblages are also diverse, with some twenty-six families represented in a sample of 631 NISP for the main EHI013 rockshelter. Fragmentary human remains are treated in a separate chapter by F. Valentin. In his concluding discussion, Sand situ´ ates the Tiouande sites and local sequence within the larger framework of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Perspectives University of Hawai'I Press

Pacific Archaeology: Assessments and Prospects (review)

Asian Perspectives , Volume 44 (2) – Nov 21, 2005

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book reviews illustrated in chapter 4. The ceramic sequence begins with an early form of paddle-impressed ware characteristic of the late Lapita period, continues with ``intermediate'' period ceramics marked by vessels with inturned rims, and ends with classic Oundjo tradition ware. The nonceramic artifacts include a number of shell beads, rings, and a single one-piece fishhook (the latter a very rare artifact category in New Caledonian excavations), as well as lithic flakes. Chapters 5 and 6 are devoted to the invertebrate and vertebrate faunal remains from the 1999 test excavations. The density of shellfish remains was remarkable, with between 21 and 36 kg/m 3 in three units and an incredible 115 kg/m 3 in one sondage of site EHI013. Bivalves dominate the assemblage, particularly four genera: Polymesoda, Dendostrea, Anadara, and Gafrarium. These results show the extraordinary richness of the inshore marine resources of La Grande Terre. The fishbone assemblages are also diverse, with some twenty-six families represented in a sample of 631 NISP for the main EHI013 rockshelter. Fragmentary human remains are treated in a separate chapter by F. Valentin. In his concluding discussion, Sand situ´ ates the Tiouande sites and local sequence within the larger framework of

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Published: Nov 21, 2005

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