The First Season of Excavations at A’asu, Tutuila, American Samoa

Introduction | Material Analysis | Geochronology of A'asu | Conclusion | Photos | Credits

It is apparent that the Samoan lithic toolkit is more complex than once believed. Where once it was thought that the adze was the quinticenntial Samoan tool, it is clear that adzes are a significant, but not necessarily predominant tool type. Indeed, the implementation of a typology and comparative framework for the analysis and interpretation of non-adze flaked-tools is welcomed. Over time the more difficult task of assigning meaning to varied assemblages may be facilitated through typology.


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