In this paper, we will present preliminary results of spatial distribution of Lapita pottery at the Teouma burial site on Efate Island in Vanuatu. Based on reassembling of pots over the last ten years at the Vanuatu Culture Centre and GIS recording we argue that this excavation offers a possibility to discuss the spatial distribution of pottery and aspects of ritual burial patterns of the Lapita Culture 3000 years ago. Lapita pottery at the site reveals aspects of contemporaneity between grave groups, behavioral, technical and ritual choices in the use of pots and aspects of complex spatial activity patterns in the burial rites.
|Title of host publication
|La pratique de l'espace en Oceanie Decouverte, Appropriation et Emergence Des Systems Sociaux Traditionnels (Spatial Dynamics in Oceania Discovery, Appropriation and the Emergence of Traditional Societies)
|Frédérique Valentin et Guillaume Molle
|Place of Publication
|French Prehistoric Society, Paris
|Published - 2016