Definitions

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  • proper n. An ancient material culture of Oceania who may have spoken Proto-Oceanic and were the ancestors of many modern peoples in the region.

Etymologies

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Coined 1952 by Edwin Gifford from Haveke xapeta'a ("place where one digs a hole"), believed to be in reference to archeological excavations in New Caledonia.

Examples

  • This expansion of human settlement in the Pacific was linked to the rapid spread of the earliest pottery so far found in Oceania, an ornately decorated ware called Lapita after an archaeological site in New Caledonia.

    The Prehistoric Pacific

  • However, University of New South Wales researchers said the giant turtles were alive when people known as the Lapita arrived in the area about 3,000 year ago.

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • Most Australian megafauna species are thought to have died out almost 50,000 years ago but the giant turtles were still around when a people known as the Lapita arrived in the area -- evidently with an appetite for turtle meat.

    Latest News - UPI.com

  • But according to scientists at the University of New South Wales the giant turtles were alive when a people known as the Lapita arrived in the area about 3,000 year ago.

    Telegraph.co.uk: news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

  • Experts have long viewed the faces sometimes sketched by ancient potters on "Lapita" pottery as human in appearance.

    Science

  • The term "Lapita" was coined in 1952: an American, Edwin Gifford, was digging on the Foué

    The Guardian World News

  • He asked a Kanak for the name of the site, but mistook the response, x apeta'a, for "Lapita".

    The Guardian World News

  • Using mitochondrial DNA obtained from modern and ancient pigs across East Asia and the Pacific, the researchers demonstrated that a single genetic heritage is shared by modern Vietnamese wild boar, modern feral pigs on the islands of Sumatra, Java, and New Guinea, ancient Lapita pigs in Near Oceania, and modern and ancient domestic pigs on several Pacific Islands.

    March 12th, 2007

  • Discovery of over 50 ancient rock engravings in Tonga, may shed some light on the pre-Polynesian Lapita peoples who voyaged across the Pacific.

    Tongan Rock Carvings Discovered

  • Bellona Island was briefly occupied by Lapita people in about 1000 BC.

    East Rennell, Solomon Islands

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