Pottery Production and Exchange in the Last Millennium in the Western Solomon Islands: a ceramic sequence for Choiseul
Introduced to the western Solomon Islands over two and a half millennia ago, pottery-making in the region has a long but patchily documented history. Previous research has focused predominantly on the earliest incised and applied relief ceramic wares associated with the arrival of Austronesian migratory groups in the Late to immediate Post-Lapita period (<2800 calBP). Reported here are findings from stylistic and compositional analyses carried out on incised and impressed pottery recently recovered in the region which date to within the last millennium. Methods employed include a formal analysis and a combination of macroscopic fabric analysis and geochemical analysis using a scanning electron microscope (SEM-EDS). The results provide insight into the development of a poorly understood period of pottery production and exchange in the western Solomon Islands, and ultimately contribute towards reconstructing a more complete ceramic record for the region.