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Early Lapita settlement site at Bourewa, southwest VitiLevu Island, Fiji

Nunn, Patrick D. and Kumar, Roselyn R.D. and Matararaba, S. and Ishimura, T. and Seeto, Johnson and Rayawa, S. and Kuruyawa, Salote and Nasila, A. and Oloni, Bronwyn and Ram, Anupama R. and Saunivalu, Petero M. and Singh, Preetika and Tegu, Esther T. (2004) Early Lapita settlement site at Bourewa, southwest VitiLevu Island, Fiji. Archaeology in Oceania, 39 . pp. 139-143. ISSN 0003-8121

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Abstract

A newly-discovered Lapita settlement at Bourewa on southwest VitiLevu Island, Fiji, was established originally on an offshore island perhaps as much as 1220 BCE by people whose main concern was optimal access to the broad fringing reef. Satellite settlements were established at nearby Rove and Waikereira later in Lapita times. The three oldest radiocarbon dates obtained from the base of the tightly-packed shell midden layer excavated at Bourewa and charcoal in the beach sand below are calibrated/corrected to 1220-970 BCE, 1210-940 BCE, and 1130-910 BCE. The BourewaLapita site appears to be the oldest-known in Fiji.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions: Office of the PVC (R&I)
Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Marine Studies
Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment
Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > Institute of Applied Science
Depositing User: Ms Neha Harakh
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2004 14:18
Last Modified: 08 May 2012 14:11
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/3116
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