Weisler coral dating
These results further contribute to our understanding of prehistoric Marquesan fishing practices and allow elucidation of subsistence in coastal versus inland settings, variability in taxonomic composition between islands of the archipelago, and importantly inform on human-environment interactions in East Polynesia.
The identification and analysis of 1583 bones from colonisation (~2700 cal BP) to late period (post-800 cal BP) cultural layers from archaeological site AS-13–41 on Ofu Island, American Samoa are reported.
Our experimental work complements another study of archaeological adzes that examines the technological strategies and the cumulative addition of morphological elements to adzes during manufacture.
We hope this study will serve as a useful benchmark for objectively and systematically comparing quadrangular adze technology across Hawai‘i and throughout Polynesia, leading to a better understanding of regional and temporal variation in adze technology.
We also note the presence of 'stitched' edges on some adzes likely resulting from fine punch work.
The Wairau Bar adzes are some of the finest examples of knapping skill known anywhere in the world and suggest a high level of craft specialization.
We report the first evidence of prehistoric fishing practices from Eiao Island based on three inland sites (possibly dating from the 14th to 17th centuries), and explore variation in fish exploitation.The timing and unprecedented speed of the Lapita migration from the western edge of Oceania to western Poly-nesia in the Central Pacific have long been of interest to archaeologists.The eastern-most extent of that great human migration was the Samoan Archipelago in West Polynesia, although critical questions have remained about the timing and process of Samoan colonization.All previous archaeological fishing records from the archipelago are from coastal sites, with inland Eiao Island assemblages offering comparative data on site location and taxonomic composition.