Lapita definition

An ancient material culture of Oceania who may have spoken Proto-Oceanic and were the ancestors of many modern peoples in the region.
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Origin of lapita

  • Coined 1952 by Edwin Gifford from Haveke xapeta'a (“place where one digs a hole”), believed to be in reference to archeological excavations in New Caledonia.

    From Wiktionary