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Talepakemalai: The Significance of the Lapita Culture in the Settlement of Oceania with Patrick V. Kirch

January 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press cordially invites you to an Author Spotlight featuring the recent publication of Talepakemalai: Lapita and Its Transformations in the Mussau Islands of Near Oceania

January, 16, 2024 at 6PM PST.    This is a remote lecture via Zoom and registration is required. Register here.

Talepakemalai, in the Mussau Islands of Papua New Guinea, excavated by Patrick Kirch between 1985-1988, is the earliest and largest site of the Lapita Cultural Complex, which was ancestral to most of the later cultures of island Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. With a unique waterlogged component, Talepakemalai preserved the wooden posts of a stilt house dated to 1300-1100 BCE. Associated with the stilt house was a large assemblage of elaborately decorated pottery, many of the vessels displaying human face motifs, along with a diversity of artifacts in shell, bone, and stone. Prof. Kirch will discuss these finds, and their significance for understanding the role of the Lapita people in the settlement of Oceania.


January 16
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm




Cotsen Institute of Archaeology