Peleliu 1944: the archaeology of a South Pacific D-Day

Neil Price, Rick Knecht

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In September 1944, US Marines invaded the tiny Micronesian island of Peleliu in the Palau group, held by the Japanese. It would become one of the worst battles of the Pacific War, but the struggle for Peleliu was afterwards largely overlooked in the public consciousness in favour of the better- known conflicts on Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. Tourist impact on the island, with its community of only six hundred native Palauans, poses acute issues of heritage management relating not only to the integrity of the sites but also to the hazards of unexploded ordnance that is present in massive quantities. This paper presents the preliminary results of an archaeological investigation of the best-preserved battlefield of the Pacific theatre.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-48
Number of pages44
JournalJournal of Conflict Archaeology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012


  • World War II archaeology
  • Peleliu
  • gyokusai
  • Palau
  • Japanese island defences
  • US Marines


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