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.
|Title of host publication||Debating Lapita: Distribution, Chronology, Society and Subsistence|
|Editors||Stuart Bedford & Matthew Spriggs|
|Place of Publication||Canberra|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|