Admiralty Islands


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Admiralty Islands,

group of 40 volcanic islands, c.800 sq mi (2,070 sq km), SW Pacific, in the Bismarck ArchipelagoBismarck Archipelago,
volcanic island group, 19,200 sq mi (49,730 sq km), SW Pacific, a part of Papua New Guinea. The group includes New Britain (the largest island), New Ireland, the Admiralty Islands, the Mussau Islands, New Hanover, the Vitu Islands, and the Duke of York
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 and part of Papua New Guinea. Lorengau, the chief port and administrative center of the group, is on Manus, the largest island. Copra, pearls, and marine shells are the principal products. Discovered by the Dutch navigator Willem SchoutenSchouten, Willem Cornelis
, 1567?–1625, Dutch navigator. In 1615 he sailed from Texel island, Holland, in command of an expedition whose objective was to evade the trade restrictions of the Dutch East India Company by finding a new route to the Pacific.
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 in 1616, the group became part of German New Guinea in 1884 and an Australian League of Nations mandate in 1920. During World War II, the islands were seized (1942) by the Japanese and later retaken (1944) by the Allies. A naval base on Manus Island has been the site of an Australian offshore detention center (2001–4, 2012–17) for illegal immigrants, but in 2016 Papua New Guinea's supreme court declared it a violation of the constitution and ordered it closed. The detainees remained on Manus, however, after the center's closure in 2017.
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That analysis identified only Admiralty Island obsidians (Summerhayes 2003).
The presence of Fergusson Island obsidian on Seleo Island may further constrain the arrival of this material to the Sepik coast to a five-hundred-year window between 1000-500BE Such an interpretation would be consistent with other evidence obtained both from obsidian sourcing and investigation of prehistoric ceramic transport suggesting longer distance transport of material culture after ~1000BE Obsidian assemblages in the Aitape area associated with Nyapin (~2000-1500BP) and Sumalo (~1400-1200BP) ware ceramics contain almost no obsidian from more distant sources on New Britain, consisting almost entirely of obsidian from the closer Admiralty Island sources on Lou and Pam Islands (Golitko et al.
2)--the Admiralty Islands, New Britain, Fergusson Island (D'Entrecasteaux Group), and the Banks Islands (Vanuatu) (Bird, et al.
PIXE Analysis in the Distribution and Chronology of Obsidian Use in the Admiralty Islands.
Perfect discrimination is obtained between the source regions of New Britain, Admiralty Islands, Fergusson Islands and the Banks Islands (i.
Appendix--Source samples The Admiralty Islands Manus -5130 S.
Reanalysis now attributes ten pieces to Banks Islands sources and three to sources in the Admiralty Islands.
When attribution to source using density was made, Admiralty Islands sources do not appear to have been fully considered although on the source data presented in Figure 104 (Kirch and Yen 1982:257), eight of the specimens could have been assigned to those sources.
The results of PIXE-PIGME analysis (Tables 2 and 3) show that 10 out of 13 flakes could be sourced to the Banks Islands of Northern Vanuatu, while three were attributed to the Admiralty Islands (Marius Province) of Papua New Guinea.
Continuity and change in Lapita and post-Lapita ceramics: a review of evidence from the Admiralty Islands and New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.