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Title: Nature and Chronology of Prehistoric Settlement on the Vatia Peninsula, Northern Viti Levu Island, Fiji
Contributor(s): Robb, Kasey F (author); Nunn, Patrick  (author)
Publication Date: 2012
DOI: 10.1080/15564894.2011.614320
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Abstract: Two upland sites from the Vatia Peninsula, northern Viti Levu Island, Fiji, were excavated as part of a larger project investigating the settlement history of this area. These sites represent the first intensive survey and excavation program in this part of Fiji. The sites are a cave (Matanigaga), which acted as a short-term shelter, and a ring-wall mound (Drautana), one of a number of similar sites interpreted as likely precursors to complex ridge-top fortifications. Both sites suggest that occupation in this area began in the last millennium and involved exploitation of near shore marine resources. The number of fortified hilltops on the Vatia Peninsula suggests that conflict may have been endemic in this area of Fiji during the latter part of the last millennium. Site descriptions and the analysis of ceramic, lithic, and mollusk remains are presented here.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, 7(2), p. 272-281
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISSN: 1556-4894
Field of Research (FOR): 040605 Palaeoclimatology
040104 Climate Change Processes
210106 Archaeology of New Guinea and Pacific Islands (excl New Zealand)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified
960309 Effects of Climate Change and Variability on the South Pacific (excl. Australia and New Zealand) (excl. Social Impacts)
950306 Conserving Pacific Peoples Heritage
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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