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LAPITA, Oceanic Ancestors exhibition

Postby MichelleH » Fri Dec 17, 2010 6:24 pm

LAPITA, Oceanic Ancestors exhibition

Dates: runs until 9 January 2011 in the Musée du quai Branly, Paris

Based on recent archaeological discoveries which have made it possible to reassess our knowledge of prehistoric Oceania, the exhibition repositions Lapita ceramics – which date to 3000 years ago – in their historical and archaeological context.

The Lapita ceramic tradition is historically linked to the foremost settlement of Austronesian language speakers in the South West Pacific, from the middle of the second millennium BC: these pieces of pottery, the first fragments of which were discovered at the beginning of the 20th century, remain the most identifiable archaeological markers of the spread of these populations.
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Re: LAPITA, Oceanic Ancestors exhibition

Postby Rokcet Scientist » Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:45 pm

[…] from the middle of the second millennium BC […]

So it would have taken something like 50 to 60K years for 'Austronesians' to get from the big Phillipine islands to the 'small' Pacific islands (where those ceramics were found).
Odd for people who supposedly knew boats...
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