Exploration as a Strategic Process in the Lapita Settlement of Fiji: the Implications of Vorovoro Island

  • David V. Burley Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., Canada, V5a 1S6.
Keywords: Lapita, Oceania, Fiji, colonization, exploration

Abstract

Intentional exploration as a systemic and strategic process in the Lapita settlement of Oceania is difficult to identify in archaeological context. An early Lapita site on Vorovoro Island, off the northeast coast of Vanua Levu, Fiji, provides potential insight in this respect. The island has only limited economic resources to support a colonizing group, sug- gesting a strategic role for Lapita occupation. This role, it is hypothesized, was as a landmark and base for exploration of the northern Vanua Levu coast. Radiocarbon dates indicate this took place contemporaneous with, and probably as an extension of first Lapita settlement in western Viti Levu c. 3000–3100 calBP.
How to Cite
Burley, D. (1) “Exploration as a Strategic Process in the Lapita Settlement of Fiji: the Implications of Vorovoro Island”, Journal of Pacific Archaeology, 3(1), pp. 22-34. Available at: https://pacificarchaeology.org/index.php/journal/article/view/76 (Accessed: 23July2019).
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