Coral bracelets discovered in Papua

Archaeologists in Indonesia have reported the discovery of coral bracelets at a village in Papua. Their discovery at an inland village suggests communication with the coast, where the corals would have originated.

Archaeology office unearths prehistoric bracelets in Jayapura, Papua
Antara, 12 January 2015

The Archaeology Office of Jayapura, Papua, has discovered prehistoric bracelet artifacts made from coral sea shells in Puay Village, East Sentani Sub-District, Jayapura, Papua.

“Most of the coral sea bracelets found in the hill slopes have been eroded by the water flowing in Lake Sentani,” Hari Suroto, an archaeologist, stated here on Monday.

Some of the bracelets were found in good shape, while others were discovered in fragments. The bracelets are made from coral sea shells belonging to the Conidae family.

“This kind of coral can be found in the coasts of the Pacific Ocean. The bracelets are white, and their shapes are good and smooth,” Hari revealed.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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