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Sépultures à caveau en Polynésie occidentale : des traditions orales à l’archéologie

Christophe Sand, Frédérique Valentin and Daniel Frimigacci
p. 14-25

Abstracts

This paper presents, after a summary of the regional context surrounding the emergence of burial vault traditions in West Polynesia, the study of a burial mound (faitoka) on ’Uvea island, by crossing data from oral tradition, archaeology and physical anthropology. The excavation of the Petania mound has enabled us to identify two periods of burial. The lower level has been interpreted as marking a unique event during the XVIIIth century, during which around hundred and fifty people were buried at the same time, mostly in superimposed circles around a central vault. This event can be linked to an oral tradition. About hundred other people were progressively buried on top of the mound up to the XIXth century. A critical analysis of the different sources of information shows the relevance of cross-disciplinary studies to allow for a better reconstruction of old burial practices in Western Polynesia.

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Bibliographical reference

Christophe Sand, Frédérique Valentin and Daniel Frimigacci, « Sépultures à caveau en Polynésie occidentale : des traditions orales à l’archéologie », Journal de la Société des Océanistes, 122-123 | 2006, 14-25.

Electronic reference

Christophe Sand, Frédérique Valentin and Daniel Frimigacci, « Sépultures à caveau en Polynésie occidentale : des traditions orales à l’archéologie », Journal de la Société des Océanistes [Online], 122-123 | Année 2006, Online since 01 December 2009, connection on 21 September 2021. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/jso/511 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/jso.511

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About the authors

Christophe Sand

Département archéologie de Nouvelle-Calédonie, christophe.sand@gouv.nc

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Frédérique Valentin

CNRS UMR 7041, MAE Nanterre, frederique.valentin@mae.u-paris10.fr

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Daniel Frimigacci

CNRS UMR 7041, MAE Nanterre, dfrimigacci@canl.nc

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