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The island Melanesians
List of Plates. List of Figures and Tables. Preface. 1. This Island Melanesian World. Introduction: An Archaeological View. Island Melanesian Language. The Island Melanesian People. A Lapita and
Direct evidence for human use of plants 28,000 years ago: starch residues on stone artefacts from the northern Solomon Islands
The excavation of Kilu Cave and the discovery of a Pleistocene prehistory for the Solomon Islands have already been reported in ANTIQUITY by Wickler & Spriggs (62: 703–6). Residue analysis of stone
Phylogeny and ancient DNA of Sus provides insights into neolithic expansion in Island Southeast Asia and Oceania
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Archeological and genetic evidence shows these pigs were certainly introduced to islands east of the Wallace Line, including New Guinea, and that so-called “wild” pigs within this region are most likely feral descendants of domestic pigs introduced by early agriculturalists.
Archaeology and the Austronesian expansion: where are we now?
  • M. Spriggs
  • Environmental Science
    Antiquity
  • 1 June 2011
For many years the author has been tracking the spread of the Neolithic of Island Southeast Asia (ISEA) and its extension eastwards into the western Pacific, as a proxy for dating the spread of the
The dating of the Island Southeast Asian Neolithic: an attempt at chronometric hygiene and linguistic correlation
  • M. Spriggs
  • Environmental Science
    Antiquity
  • 1 September 1989
As with conventional definitions of the Neolithic anywhere, the concept in this region relies on there being an agricultural economy, the traces of which are largely indirect. These traces are
Late colonization of East Polynesia
In a recent ANTIQUITY article (65: 767–95) Atholl Anderson presented a detailed analysis of radiocarbon dates to show that the settlement of New Zealand occurred later than previously thought. In
The Teouma Lapita site and the early human settlement of the Pacific Islands
The Teouma site, on Efate in central Vanuatu, was uncovered during quarrying in 2003 and has proved to be one of the most significant discoveries to date for the colonisation of Remote Oceania. Not
The Neolithic and Austronesian expansion within Island Southeast Asia and into the Pacific
There has been an increasing pace of archaeological research in Island Southeast Asia in recent years and this is bringing some balance into the study of Neolithic/Austronesian expansion in the
Ancient Genomics and the Peopling of the Southwest Pacific
TLDR
The finding that the ancient individuals had little to no Papuan ancestry implies that later human population movements spread Papuan Ancestry through the South Pacific after the first peopling of the islands.
Ethnographic parallels and the denial of history
Abstract An ever more Pacific-looking past of Britain and other parts of Europe is being constructed by archaeologists. Melanesian anthropology is being continually mined for supposed ethnographic
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