The Upihoi find: Wrecked wooden bevaia (lagatoi) hulls of Epemeavo village, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea

05th May 2013

David_etal_AA66 Figure6Bruno David, Nick Araho, Alois Kuaso, Ian Moffat and Nigel Tapper

On 20 August 2007, Epemeavo and Kea Kea villagers from the eastern end of the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea (PNG) reported finding two lagatoi hulls deeply buried in beach sands at Upihoi, near Epemeavo village, parts of a trading vessel associated with the renowned Motu hiri trade of former times. This paper presents results of an emergency investigation of these finds by staff of the Prehistory section of the PNG National Museum and Art Gallery and Monash University, describing the find, its environmental, cultural and social settings and contexts of discovery, radiocarbon dating, historical assessments and significance.

Image caption: The two Upihoi hulls after they were taken to the Epemeavo village (published in Australian Archaeology 66:6).
Bruno David, Nick Araho, Alois Kuaso, Ian Moffat and Nigel Tapper
The Upihoi find: Wrecked wooden bevaia (lagatoi) hulls of Epemeavo village, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea
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