Disentangling the Lapita interaction spheres

The global, the provincial and the local

Authored by: Christophe Sand

The Routledge Handbook of Archaeology and Globalization

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415841306
eBook ISBN: 9781315449005
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Comparing archaeological artifacts in the Musée de l’Homme in Paris at the end of the 1940s, geologist J. Avias observed identical prehistoric pottery in similar types of seashore locations on the island of Watom (Papua New Guinea) and in New Caledonia (Isle of Pines). This led him to argue that,

we can deduce that with a probability close to certainty, the same human group (in an ethnic sense) has stopped or has sojourned in these two locations of the Pacific, although these are a couple of thousands of kilometers apart. . . . [T]he pottery civilization of Vao (Isle of Pines) may be related to some pots from Foué near Koné.

(Avias 1950: 132–36)

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