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|Title:||THE SB-4-6 SHELL MIDDEN ASSEMBLAGE: A SHELL MIDDEN ANALYSIS FROM A LATE PREHISTORIC VILLAGE SITE AT PAMUA ON MAKIRA, SOUTHEAST SOLOMON ISLANDS|
Department of Archaeology
|Abstract:||This thesis details the methodology, results and interpretations of analysis that was conducted on a shell midden assemblage from Pamua on the island of Makira, Southeast Solomon Islands. This midden was excavated from site SB-4-6 also known as the Mwanihuki village site, on the north coast of Makira in 1975 as part of the Southeast Solomon Islands Culture History Project (SESP). This analysis was able to generate a large dataset, through which the temporal and spatial use of site SB-4-6 could be determined, with peak periods and areas of intensified use apparent. Additionally, the foraging behaviours and subsistence strategies behind the midden’s deposition were able to be interpreted as a distinct mixture of opportunistic and targeted foraging, which was largely dependent on the surrounding environment. The research presented in this thesis has therefore addressed a major gap in the archaeological record. The results of analysis that have been presented in this thesis are representative of the first comprehensive shell midden investigation to be undertaken at a late prehistoric site in the Southeast Solomon Islands. Consequently, this thesis and the results it presents can provide the starting point for future investigations of other midden assemblages within the study area.|
|Department/Unit/Centre:||Department of Archaeology|
|Appears in Collections:||Honours Theses - Department of Archaeology|
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