Named for a site in the archipelago of New Caledonia, the Lapita culture was a system of kinship-based exchanges among the inhabitants of thousands of islands in the western Pacific. Elements of “Lapita ware,” decorated with stamped patterns, were in high demand, and pots were exchanged among the inhabitants of the islands.
William J. Burroughs
William J. Burroughs, a scientist who specializes in physics and climate ponders the unwelcome relationship between people and lice, and what that reveals about evolution and migration of early humans. In this excerpt, Burroughs uses the designation” kya” for dates; it refers to “1000 years ago.”
William J. Burroughs, Climate Change in Prehistory: The End of the Reign of Chaos, (Cambridge University Press, 2005, pp. 133-134)