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Times of sand: sedimentary history and archaeology at the Sigatoka dunes, Fiji

Anderson, A. and Roberts, R. and Dickinson, W.R. and Clark, G. and Burley, D. and De Biran, A. and Hope, G.S. and Nunn, Patrick D. (2006) Times of sand: sedimentary history and archaeology at the Sigatoka dunes, Fiji. Geoarchaeology, 21 (2). pp. 131-154. ISSN 0883-6353

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The orthodox archaeological sequence at the Sigatoka Dunes site (VL 16/1) in Fiji proposes three phases of occupation spanning Fijian prehistory, each associated with a period of dune stability. It has been taken as the standard model of Fijian prehistory for more than 30 years. Recently, however, it has been argued that there is no stratigraphic support for three discrete levels and that the occupation history was fragmented, complex, and continuous within a volatile dune system. We present new data, from optical and radiocarbon dating, to argue that a three-phase model, although somewhat more complex in detail, remains the most robust interpretation of site history. The longest stable phase (Level 2) began 2500–2300 cal yr B.P. and is possibly associated with relatively low ENSO frequency. Substantial sand dune accumulation began after ˜1300 cal yr B.P.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions: Office of the PVC (R&I)
Depositing User: Ms Neha Harakh
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2006 03:08
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2013 21:58

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