dec 31, 1000 BC - Terra Cotta Fragment
-tells story of people from the Pacific Ocean.
-made up of sand and other minerals found in the islands on the pacific.
-shows the movement of the people in that lived in the pacific islands and how how much they moved
-designs show how the different island had different ideals and beliefs.
-This shows that the Lapita people had the means and the need to travel and trade across significant ocean stretches of their “sea of islands.”
-stratigraphic archaeology is the study of stratification—layers deposited one atop another over time.
-Aside from their language and different genetic stock, the Lapita were different to those they encountered because they had sophisticated seafaring and navigation capability—and they manufactured and decorated ceramics in very particular ways
-the pattern stamps used included both linear and curved shapes of various lengths, as well as round forms. Once a pot was decorated, a paste of white coral lime was applied to the pattern which had the effect of making the delicate patterning stand out against the reddish-brown clay (makes them stand out more so they are important) Types of patterns range from simple to complex geometric forms, and include anthropomorphic face designs.
-The pieces of broken but stylistically related pot sherds distributed across thousands of miles of islands, laid down in datable stratigraphic layers, have revealed important information about the ancestors of the contemporary peoples of the central Pacific.
-Both the clay and sand are only found in certain areas of the Pacific. The islands in Remote Oceania are far less diverse in terms of geology than those in Near Oceania, and only a limited number of island locations had deposits of the clay used to make the pottery.
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