Further Investigations at the Naigani Lapita site (VL 21/5), Fiji: Excavation, Radiocarbon Dating and Palaeofaunal Extinction

Geoffrey Irwin, Trevor H Worthy, Simon Best, Stuart Hawkins, Jonathan Carpenter, Sepeti Matararaba

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    Abstract

    This paper brings up-to-date a report by S. Best of initial excavations at Naigani in 1981 (Best 1981). The results of subsequent fieldwork in 2000 include the excavation and dating of Lapita-age ovens associated with early settlement and extinct palaeofauna. These include the giant megapode (Megavitiornis altirostris), a species of Ducula pigeon, the giant iguana (Lapitiguana impensa), and probably the endemic crocodile (Volia athollandersoni). The Lapita site of VL 21/5 dates from 900 BC and represents an initial colonising settlement within the Fiji Islands. The period of occupation ended around 750 BC. The significance of Naigani is considered in terms of chronology, ceramic history, economy, extinctions, origins and interactions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)66-78
    JournalJournal of Pacific Archaeology
    Volume2
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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