Baikaboria ossuary and the origins of the Kesele clan, Upper Kikori River, Papua New Guinea

Barker, Bryce and Lamb, Lara and Manne, Tiina (2016) Baikaboria ossuary and the origins of the Kesele clan, Upper Kikori River, Papua New Guinea. Journal of Pacific Archaeology, 7 (1). pp. 89-105. ISSN 1179-4704


This paper presents archaeological evidence for the initial occupation and use of a large clan ossuary on the upper Kikori River at Baina in Papua New Guinea. Drawing extensively on clan oral accounts of its use and function, it is posited that the timing and use of the site as an ossuary effectively dates the establishment of a sub clan entity known as Kesele and the fragmentation of larger clan based land owning units into smaller sub-clan entities dating from around 200 years ago in the region. It is further posited that evidence of the more intensive use of the site from around 600 years ago
and its subsequent use as an ossuary at 200 years ago may be linked to its proximity to an important lithic raw material source used in the manufacture of sago pounders, a major trade item linked to the hiri pottery trade.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2016 05:46
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 06:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: ossuary; clan fissioning; hiri trade
Fields of Research : 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

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