A view from the west: A structural approach to analysing Lapita design in the Eastern Lapita Province

Kathleen LeBlanc, Stuart Bedford, Christophe Sand

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    Abstract

    Lapita ceramic design analysis has for decades been dominated by the element-motif approach. Here we outline a structural approach for the analysis of Lapita decoration that looks at design density, layout and organisation. It is used and compared to results from element-motif analysis to assess variation within the Eastern Lapita Province. Ceramic samples from both the Southern and Western Lapita Provinces are added to the analysis to assess how cohesive the Eastern Lapita Province is in terms of ceramic design. The results suggest that the concept of ‘Provinces’ requires some reassessment and redefinition.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDebating Lapita: Distribution, Chronology, Society and Subsistence
    Editors Stuart Bedford & Matthew Spriggs
    Place of PublicationCanberra
    PublisherANU Press
    Pages275-306
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Print)9781760463304
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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