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Sea-rafted pumice at Mili atoll, Marshall Islands: 3000 km from source

Thomas, Frank R. and Rosenberg, M.D. (2006) Sea-rafted pumice at Mili atoll, Marshall Islands: 3000 km from source. Micronesian Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, 5 (1/2). pp. 450-457. ISSN 1449-7336

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Abstract

Pumice pebbles were collected by staff of the Marshall Islands Historic Preservation Office (RMIHPO) during a 2005 cultural inventory of Jelbon Islet, Mili Atoll. GNS Science analyzed the major and trace element chemistry and found a close match with analyses of the alkali-rich rhyolite erupted in 1953-1957 from Tuluman Island, Admiralty group, Papua New Guinea some 3000 km from Mili Atoll. These findings highlight the importance of sourcing exotic raw materials in attempts to distinguish between human transport and drift by ocean currents.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies
Depositing User: Ms Neha Harakh
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2006 08:00
Last Modified: 23 May 2012 16:44
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/2650
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