Dating of in situ longhouse (dubu daima) posts in the Kikori River delta: refining chronologies of island village occupation in the lower Kikori River delta, Papua New Guinea

Barker, Bryce and Lamb, Lara and David, Bruno and Skelly, Robert and Korokai, Kenneth (2015) Dating of in situ longhouse (dubu daima) posts in the Kikori River delta: refining chronologies of island village occupation in the lower Kikori River delta, Papua New Guinea. Quaternary International, 385. pp. 27-38. ISSN 1040-6182

Abstract

This paper examines the chronologies of three abandoned village sites in an attempt to refine the timing
of occupation of low-lying mud islands of the lower Kikori River delta, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea (PNG). Despite evidence for varying degrees of post-depositional disturbance at all three sites, meaningful
chronological data can be obtained from the dating of in situ longhouse posts. These new data suggest that although initial delta island occupation probably began around 400e500 years ago as an initial response to new opportunities relating to the hiri trade, the very large villages ethnohistorically recorded for the delta islands may only have attained their impressive sizes somewhat later.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2016 23:13
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2016 01:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: hiri; Kikori River delta; island; archaeology; pottery
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2101 Archaeology > 210102 Archaeological Science
21 History and Archaeology > 2101 Archaeology > 210106 Archaeology of New Guinea and Pacific Islands (excl. New Zealand)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2015.04.003
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27186

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