Professor Patrick V. Kirch
the course of the three field seasons, excavations were conducted at 13
sites, totaling 159.5 square meters. Sites dating to the Lapita Period
were the main focus of research, although several sites post-dating Lapita
were also investigated. Of particular note is the large Talepakemalai
(ECA) site, the largest and earliest Lapita site yet on record. This site
contains a waterlogged component, in which the anaerobically preserved
bases of a series of stilt houses were preserved, along with more than
10,000 preserved seeds and other plant remains. In addition, the ECA yielded
a large collection of decorated Lapita pottery and other portable artifacts.
Volume I of a projected three-volume series of monographs on the Mussau
Project was published by the Archaeological Research Facility, Berkeley
(P. V. Kirch, Ed., Lapita
and its Transformations in Near Oceania: Archaeological Investigations
in the Mussau Islands, Papua New Guinea, 1985-88. Volume I, Introduction,
Stratigraphy, Chronology. Archaeological Research Facility Contribution
No. 59. Berkeley: University of California). This volume presents an introduction
to the project, environmental and cultural background to the Mussau Island,
the definitive site reports and details of all radiocarbon dates from
the project. Volumes II and III will report on ceramics, other portable
artifacts, and the faunal and floral remains.
1987 P. V. Kirch, M. Allen, V. Butler, and T. L. Hunt, Is there an early Far Western Lapita province? Sample size effects and new evidence from Eloaua Island. Archaeology in Oceania 22:123-127.
1988 P. V. Kirch and T. L. Hunt, Editors, Archaeology of the Lapita Cultural Complex: A Critical Review. Burke Museum Research Report No. 5. Seattle. [v + 181 pp., 22 figs.]
1988 P. V. Kirch and T. L. Hunt, Radiocarbon dates from the Mussau Islands and the Lapita colonization of the southwest Pacific. Radiocarbon 30:161-169.
1988 P. V. Kirch, The Talepakemalai Lapita site and Oceanic prehistory. National Geographic Research 4:328-342.
1988 P. V. Kirch, Long-distance exchange and island colonization: the Lapita case. Norwegian Archaeological Review 21:103-117.
1989 P. V. Kirch, D. Swindler, and C. Turner III, Human skeletal and dental remains from Lapita sites in the Mussau Islands. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 79:63-76.
1989 C. Gosden et al., Lapita sites of the Bismarck Archipelago. Antiquity 63:561-586.
1989 P. V. Kirch, Second millennium B.C. arboriculture in Melanesia: archaeological evidence from the Mussau Islands. Economic Botany 43:225-240.
1990 P. V. Kirch, Specialization and exchange in the Lapita complex of Oceania (1600-500 B.C.). Asian Perspectives 29:117-133.
1991 P. V. Kirch, Mussau Islands prehistory: results of the 1985-86 excavations. In J. Allen and C. Gosden, eds., Report of the Lapita Homeland Project, pp. 144-163. Occasional Papers in Prehistory, No. 20. Canberra: Department of Prehistory, Australian National University.
1997 P. V. Kirch, The Lapita Peoples: Ancestors of the Oceanic World. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers [xxv + 353 pp., 20 plates, 24 figs., 9 maps, 7 tables]. Issued in cloth and paper editions.
1998 D. W. Steadman and P. V. Kirch, Biogeography and prehistoric exploitation of birds in the Mussau Islands, Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea. Emu 98:13-22.
1998 D. Lepofsky, P. V. Kirch, and K. Lertzman, Metric analyses of prehistoric morphological change in cultivated fruits and nuts: An example from Island Melanesia. Journal of Archaeological Science 25:1001-1014.
2001 P. V. Kirch, Lapita. In P. N. Peregrine and M. Ember, eds., Encyclopedia of Prehistory, Volume 3: East Asia and Oceania, pp. 150-55. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
V. Kirch, Editor, Lapita and its Transformations in Near Oceania:
Archaeological Investigations in the Mussau Islands, Papua New Guinea,
1985-88. Volume I, Introduction, Stratigraphy, Chronology. Archaeological
Research Facility Contribution No. 59. Berkeley: University of California.
[xx + 248 pp., 139 figs., 16 tables]
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