A Brightspot on a glass darkly

Until around 3000 years ago The Bismarck Archipelago, east of Papua New Guinea, was the furthest eastwards that the diffusion out of Africa of cognitively and anatomically modern humans had reached.  Shedding light on how the people of these islands lived, and on how they thought is important to our wider understanding of the processes and mechanisms underpinning this migration.

This Brightspot on a 6000-year-old obsidian blade results from hafting.  It is key to the body of evidence that shows that complex societies exchanged goods within social networks, produced standardized stone tools and understood concepts of style and group identity.

Dr Paul Dickinson School of Archaeology and Ancient History

 

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