Late Lapita colonisation of a high island in Western Polynesia: The case of 'Eua Island, Tonga

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Abstract

One of the major issues under discussion is the initial spread and subsequent intensification of Lapita settlement in Polynesia. The paper presents a brief account of the findings of a test excavation on 'Eua, Tongan Islands and provides the first 14C dates for the location. This allows us to compare its settlement with neighbouring Tongatapu, and permits us to postulate that settlement of high islands in the Tongan Group is later than that of the more accessible low island.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-32
Number of pages7
JournalArtefact: Pacific rim archaeology
Volume25
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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