Lapita sites in the Pacific are usually dominated by obsidian from the Bismarck Archipelago or the Admiralties region. However, research on the Caution Bay archaeological sites on the south coast of Papua New Guinea has confirmed the use of West Fergusson obsidian as a Lapita material. The D’Entrecasteaux Islands, where Fergusson is located, has received little previous archaeological work, with little known of this area other than that obsidian sources are located here.  This presentation will focus upon recent archaeological fieldwork completed amongst the West Fergusson obsidian sources that have defined the nature and extent of the obsidian deposits; explored the varying geochemical signatures using LA-ICP-MS and pXRF, and begun survey for archaeological sites to provide a chronological sequence for occupation of Fergusson Island and the use of the obsidian sources. 

About the presenter

Anne Ford is a Senior Lecturer based in the Archaeology program, at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She specializes in lithic technology and sourcing work, and has completed projects in Australia, China, New Zealand, Samoa and Papua New Guinea. Her work ranges from late Pleistocene colonization of Papua New Guinea, the interaction between Austronesian and Papuan communities during the Lapita period, and the development of long distance trading networks along the south coast of Papua New Guinea.


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About Archaeology Working Papers

The Working Papers in Archaeology seminar series provides a forum for dissemination of archaeological research and ideas amongst UQ archaeology students and staff. All students are invited to attend the series and postgraduate students, from honours upwards, are invited to present their research. The aim is to provide opportunities for students, staff and those from outside UQ, to present and discuss their work in an informal environment. It is hoped that anyone interested in current archaeological directions, both within and outside the School and University, will be able to attend and contribute to the series.