The complexity of monumentality in Melanesia: Mixed messages from Vanuatu

  title={The complexity of monumentality in Melanesia: Mixed messages from Vanuatu},
  author={Stuart Bedford},
  journal={Archaeologies of Island Melanesia: Current approaches to landscapes, exchange and practice},
  • S. Bedford
  • Published 2019
  • History
  • Archaeologies of Island Melanesia: Current approaches to landscapes, exchange and practice
This paper revisits the concept of monumentality through the lens of grand communal ceremonies on three separate islands, with contrasting chiefly systems, in the archipelago of Vanuatu (Figure 5.1). One is the island of Malakula in the north where substantial stone structures associated with a range of ceremonies can be found right across the landscape. Further south on Efate the use of stone is limited but grand ceremony and monumentality is spectacularly demonstrated in the archaeological… Expand
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