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DOI 10.23791/542529

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Full Title
Pacific Geographies
Imprint Association of Pacific Studies
Publisher (01) Association of Pacific Studies
Country of publication Germany (DE)
ISSN 2199-9104
DOI 10.23791/000000
Product Form Online Journal (JD)

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Journal Issue Number 54
Journal Issue Date (YYYY) 2020
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Title Archaeological studies of the shells at Punangatu (Futuna island/Vanuatu)
Subtitle How can we identify and classify shellfish to understand their historical use?
By (author) (A01) Lucas Sarvanu
Affiliation Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 12 Place du Panthéon, 75231 Paris, France
By (author) (A01) Matthias Kowasch
Affiliation University College of Teacher Education Styria, Hasnerplatz 12, 8010 Graz, Austria, Professor
Number of Pages 5
First Page 25
Last Page 29
Language of text English (eng)
Publication Date (YYYY) 2020
Main description (01)
This article, based on the master’s thesis of the first author, aims to identify and classify by species different shellfish collected in a Vanuatu archaeological site. We want to analyse how these shells have been modified and utilized to produce furniture and artefacts. The results show that the Punangatu shell assemblage is dominated by Gastropods, in particular by the families of Turbnidae and Trochidae, which were easy and accessible to exploit. The two families are still consumed today. But the share of shellfish and the importance of fishing during the island’s initial settlement and over time remains unclear. It would be necessary in the future to study other sites of the island to better understand the societal role of marine resources.