This chapter explores the archaeology and ethnohistory of one of the distinctive fortified
settlements in the eastern part of Timor-Leste. In 2009, a team from The Australian National
University (ANU), together with local people, partially excavated the site of Vasino, located close
to the north coast of Timor-Leste, above the modern village of Moro-Parlamento (Figure 4.1).
The site had been fortified with large stone walls and the aim was to provide more data on when,
how and why these fortifications were used in the region. Two related questions guided the
research. First, when was the main period of fort construction initiated? Secondly, what were
the prevailing environmental and social conditions of those times?
|Title of host publication||Forts and Fortification in Wallacea: Archaeological and Ethnohistoric Investigations|
|Editors|| Sue O'Connor, Andrew McWilliam, Sally Brockwell|
|Place of Publication||Canberra|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|