Leki Wakik is a large hilltop site with several large stone walls and circular stone arrangements located within the Manatuto district in the central region of Timor-Leste. It is similar to other hilltop sites in the area whose function and occupation time frame have been subject to debate (e.g. Lape and Chao 2008; O’Connor et al. 2012). In August 2011, a team from The Australian National University (ANU) supported by Timorese workers mapped the site and excavated five test pits intended to assess site use and occupation time frame. A substantial artefact assemblage was recovered that includes lithics, earthenware pottery, ceramics and faunal remains, which provides evidence of the use of the site and the surrounding landscape and, particularly, whether unusual circular stone arrangements demarcate special activity or occupation areas. A series of radiocarbon dates from an unusual area surrounded on three sides by large stone walls provide chronological context for the site.
|Title of host publication||Forts and Fortification in Wallacea: Archaeological and Ethnohistoric Investigations|
|Editors||Sue O’Connor, Andrew McWilliam, Sally Brockwell|
|Place of Publication||Australia|
|Publisher||ANU E Press|
|Number of pages||35|
|Publication status||Published - 7 Sep 2020|