We present experimental and micro-trace evidence for an unusual Cypraeidae bead type associated with the earliest cultural deposits of the Bapot-1 site in the Marianas Islands in Western Micronesia. Results show that these ground-section cowry beads were strung together while worked dorsum found at this same site were used as pendants/lids. The probable occurrence of ground-section beads on Tikopia island ~4000 km from the Marianas suggests that these distinctive shell artefacts can assist archaeological understanding of early Oceanic dispersals and interaction among different colonising Neolithic groups in the Indo-Pacific.
|Title of host publication||The Archaeology of Portable Art: Southeast Asian, Pacific, and Australian Perspectives|
|Editors||M Langley, M Litster, D Wright & S May|
|Place of Publication||Oxford and New York|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|