Excavations at the site of Vasino, Lautem District, Timor-Leste

Sally Brockwell, Susan O'Connor, Jack Fenner, Andrew McWilliam, Noel Amano, Philip Piper, Francis Bulbeck, Mirani Litster, Rose Whitau, Jack O'Connor-Veth, Tim Maloney, Judith Cameron, Richard C. Willan, William Dickinson

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    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?
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationForts and Fortification in Wallacea: Archaeological and Ethnohistoric Investigations (Terra Australis 53)
    Editors S. O'Connor, A. McWilliam & S. Brockwell
    Place of PublicationCanberra
    PublisherANU Press
    ISBN (Print)9781760463892
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


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