Surprisingly, a new study using both laser ablation ICPMS and PIXE PIGME has sourced the most distant stemmed tool, from Biak Island (Friede 2005: II, 86; Figures 2 and 11) to the Umleang obsidian source on Lou Island, in Manus province (Figure 11) and represents the first evidence that this source was in use during the mid-Holocene (Torrence et al.
The Biak Island artefact is remarkably similar to stemmed tools found on Garua Island, just offshore from New Britain, but, surprisingly, it was made instead from obsidian that outcrops on Lou Island (Figures 1 and 11).
in press) have also discussed at length why it is unlikely that the artefact was moved from Manus to Biak Island in recent years.
New ideas, rituals, and technologies, whether developed locally or introduced from outside, could have travelled quickly through established networks across an enormous region stretching from at least Biak Island all the way to Bougainville.
All the victims were reported on Biak Island, off the northern coast of the island of New Guinea.
Waves slamming into Biak island washed 600 homes out to sea and destroyed several bridges, Yap said.
We can't even get to Biak Island because the airport is closed while other means may take too long," he said.