Functional analysis of late Holocene flaked and pebble stone artefacts from Vanuatu, Southwest Pacific

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    Abstract

    Functional studies were undertaken on simple, un-retouched flaked and pebble artefacts made from a variety of lithic raw materials, recovered from late Holocene (Lapita) sites in Vanuatu. Use-wear and residue analysis of macroscopic and microscopic evidence identified a wide range of craft, subsistence and social activities. These include cutting, pounding and grinding of non-woody plants; graving, drilling, scraping and sawing of soft wood; drilling shell and cutting and piercing soft elastic material such as skin. This is the first detailed functional analysis on a collection of stone artefacts from Lapita period sites.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)13-20
    JournalArchaeology in Oceania
    Volume45
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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