Keveoki 1: exploring the Hiri ceramics trade at a short-lived village site near the Vailala River, Papua New Guinea

David, Bruno and Araho, Nick and Barker, Bryce and Kuaso, Alois and Moffat, Ian (2009) Keveoki 1: exploring the Hiri ceramics trade at a short-lived village site near the Vailala River, Papua New Guinea. Australian Archaeology, 68. pp. 11-22. ISSN 0312-2417

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Investigations at the newly discovered, once-coastal but now inland archaeological village site of Keveoki 1 allows us to characterise the nature and antiquity of ancestral hiri trade ceramics around 450-500 cal BP in the recipient Vailala River-Kea Kea villages of the Gulf Province of the southern coast of Papua New Guinea. This paper reports on the decorated ceramics from Keveoki 1, where a drainage channel cut in 2004 revealed a short-lived village site with a rich, stratified ceramic assemblage. It represents a rare account of the ceramic assemblage from a short duration village on a relic beach ridge in southern Papua New Guinea, and contributes to ongoing attempts to refine ceramic sequences in the recipient (western) end of the hiri system of long distance maritime trade. Because of the presence of a single occupational period of a few decades at most, short duration sites such as Keveoki 1 allow for chronological refinement of ceramic conventions in a way that multilevel sites usually cannot, owing to the lack of stratigraphic mixing between chronologically separate ceramic assemblages in the former.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Once accepted for publication in Australian Archaeology, the author retains copyright in the work and may publish or authorise others to publish the entire work or any part thereof, provided that due acknowledgement is made in any further publication that the work was originally published in Australian Archaeology.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2010 11:42
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2015 02:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vailala River; Papua New Guinea; decorated ceramics
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200210 Pacific Cultural Studies
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190501 Crafts
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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