Shell beads as markers of Oceanic dispersal: A rare Cypraeidae ornament type from the Mariana Islands

Geoffrey Clark, Michelle C. Langley, Mirani Litster, Olaf Winter, Judith R. Amesbury

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

We present experimental and micro-trace evidence for an unusual Cypraeidae bead type associated with the earliest cultural deposits of the Bapot-1 site in the Marianas Islands in Western Micronesia. Results show that these ground-section cowry beads were strung together while worked dorsum found at this same site were used as pendants/lids. The probable occurrence of ground-section beads on Tikopia island ~4000 km from the Marianas suggests that these distinctive shell artefacts can assist archaeological understanding of early Oceanic dispersals and interaction among different colonising Neolithic groups in the Indo-Pacific.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Archaeology of Portable Art
Subtitle of host publicationSoutheast Asian, Pacific, and Australian Perspectives
EditorsMichelle Langley, Mirani Litster, Duncan Wright, Sally K. May
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Chapter10
Pages142-161
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781315299112
ISBN (Print)9781138237766
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Shell beads as markers of Oceanic dispersal: A rare Cypraeidae ornament type from the Mariana Islands'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this