Abstract

The human material from the Reber-Rakival Lapita site on Watom Island has been analysed. Eight adults and a two year old child are defined in addition to scattered adult material. Mean age at death of the adults, comprising two females and six males, was about 30 years. Mean stature of three males was 1,784 mm, and that of a female was 1,659 mm. Long bones were moderately robust, and bowed to accommodate a considerable musculature. One substantially-complete mandible showed Polynesian 'rocker' characteristics, and it is probable that two adult mandibular fragments shared this morphology. Another substantially-complete mandible, though very robust, did not show this form. The morphology of this group displays the large-bodied characteristics of oceanic voyagers and small-island dwellers. Statistical analyses of mandibular and dental metric data support the morphological evidence of affinities with prehistoric Polynesians of rather later date.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Houghton, 1989, Rec. Aust. Mus. 41(3): 223–233
Author
P. Houghton
Year
1989
Title
Watom: the people
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
41
Issue
3
Start Page
223
End Page
233
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.41.1989.144
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
08 December 2008
Reference Number
144
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