What is that bird? Pros and cons of the interpretations of Lapita pottery motifs.

  • Arnaud Noury
Keywords: Lapita pottery, designs, Lapita, birds, pattern, ceramic markers

Abstract

While Lapita pottery has fascinated researchers for more than half a century the interpretation of specific designs remains a difficult task that has only been rarely undertaken due to the speculative and contentious nature of such analysis. Here I attempt a tentative interpretation of a design that may help in the analysis of Lapita motifs. The example used is a relatively complex bird-shaped pattern, unidentified so far in the Lapita period, which it is argued may represent a number of specific species.


Author Biography

Arnaud Noury

Docteur in Oceanian Archaeology and Historical Anthropology

(Université de La Rochelle, France)

 

Independant Researcher

Published
2017-09-06
How to Cite
Noury, A. (2017) “What is that bird? Pros and cons of the interpretations of Lapita pottery motifs.”, Journal of Pacific Archaeology, 8(2), pp. 79-87. Available at: https://pacificarchaeology.org/index.php/journal/article/view/199 (Accessed: 15November2018).
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