Professor Patrick V. Kirch
long-term OAL project is reanalysis of the Oceanic archaeological collections
obtained by Prof. Edward W. Gifford of the University of California, during
his three pioneering expeditions from 1947-56, and curated in the Phoebe
A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Beginning with his excavations on the
island of Viti Levu, Fiji, in 1947, Gifford reinvigorated the field of
Pacific prehistory by using stratigraphic excavation methods to demonstrate
that long-term cultural change could be ascertained in the Pacific Islands.
On his next expedition, to New Caledonia in 1952, Gifford discovered the
type site of Lapita at Koné, and excavated a number of other post-Lapita
sites as well. His final expedition, in 1956, was to the island of Yap
2002 C. Sand and P. V. Kirch, L’Expédition Archéologique d’Edward W. Gifford et Richard Shutler, Jr. en Nouvelle-Calédonie au Cours de l’Année 1952. Edward W. Gifford and Richard Shutler Jr’s Archaeological Expedition to New Caledonia in 1952. Les Cahiers de l’Archéologie en Nouvelle-Calédonie, Volume 13. Noumea: Service des Musées de du Patrimoine de Nouvelle-Calédonie. [192 pp., 144 figs.; dual French and English text]
2002 C. Sand, P. V. Kirch, and J. Coil, Old sites, new insights: A reanalysis of the 1952 Gifford and Shutler New Caledonia collections. In S. Bedford, C. Sand, and D. Burley, eds., Fifty Years in the Field: Essays in Honour and Celebration of Richard Shutler Jr.’s Archaeological Career, pp. 173-88. New Zealand Archaeological Association Monograph No. 25. Auckland.
1997 P. V.
Kirch, M. I. Weisler, and E. Casella, Editors, Towards a Prehistory
of the Koné Region, New Caledonia: A Reanalysis of the Pioneering
Archaeological Excavations of E. W. Gifford, Kroeber Anthropological
Society Papers, Vol. 82, Special Edition. Berkeley. [vi + 153 pp., 11
figs., 60 tables] (If you are interested in obtaining a copy of this publication,
please contact the Kroeber Anthropological Society, c/o Department of
Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720)
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