Abstract

Discussion of the burial practices associated with the Lapita cultural complex has previously been limited through lack of evidence. This is rectified by presenting the basic mortuary data on a sample of eight adult inhumations from the SAC burial ground in the Reber-Rakival Lapita site on Watom Island and comparing them with three individual burials from Lapita sites in Fiji and Tonga. A common preference for burial in flexed positions within a small rounded pit feature is evident in the sample, although this practice does not apply to every case. There is, however, less consistency in orientation of the body, the greatest number being with the head to the west.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Green et al., 1989, Rec. Aust. Mus. 41(3): 215–221
Author
Roger C. Green; Dimitri Anson; Jim Specht
Year
1989
Title
The SAC burial ground, Watom Island, Papua New Guinea
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
41
Issue
3
Start Page
215
End Page
221
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.41.1989.143
Language
English
Date Published
30 November 1989
Cover Date
30 November 1989
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
ANTHROPOLOGY; ARCHAEOLOGY; NEW GUINEA; OCEAN: PACIFIC
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24 November 2008
Available Online
16 March 2009
Reference Number
143
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