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The Lapita Peoples

Author : Patrick Vinton Kirch
ISBN : 1577180364
Genre : Social Science
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This is the first account of the Lapita peoples, the common ancestor of the Polynesians, Micronesians, and Austronesian-speaking Melanesians who over the last 4000 years colonized the islands of the Pacific, including New Zealand and territories as far afield as Fiji and Hawaii. Its purpose is to provide answers to some of the most puzzling archaeological and anthropological questions: who were the Lapita peoples? what was their history? how were they able to travel such great distances? and why did they do so? Recent discoveries (several by the author of this book) have begun at last to yield a coherent picture of these elusive peoples. Professor Kirch takes the reader back many thousands of years to the earliest evidence of the Lapita peoples. He describes the research itself and conveys the excitement of the first discoveries of Lapita settlements, tools and pottery. He then traces the remarkable cultural development and spread of the Lapita peoples across the unoccupied islands of Eastern Melanesia, Micronesia and Western Polynesia. He shows how they became the progenitors of the Polynesian and Austronesian-speaking Melanesian peoples. The author describes Lapita sites, communities and landscapes, the development of their decorated ceramics, and their shell-tool industry. He reveals the means by which they accomplished such prodigious voyages and explains why they undertook them. He illustrates his account with specially drawn maps and with a wide range of photographs, many published for the first time. Drawing on the latest research in archaeology, anthropology, biology and linguistics, and written in clear, non-specialized language, this is an outstanding book of great importance to the history of South-East Asia and the Pacific.
Category: Social Science

Lapita Peoples

Author : Patrick Vinton Kirch
ISBN : 1557861129
Genre : Social Science
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This is the first account of the Lapita peoples, the common ancestor of the Polynesians, Micronesians, and Austronesian-speaking Melanesians who over the last 4000 years colonized the islands of the Pacific, including New Zealand and territories as far afield as Fiji and Hawaii. Its purpose is to provide answers to some of the most puzzling archaeological and anthropological questions: who were the Lapita peoples? what was their history? how were they able to travel such great distances? and why did they do so? Recent discoveries (several by the author of this book) have begun at last to yield a coherent picture of these elusive peoples. Professor Kirch takes the reader back many thousands of years to the earliest evidence of the Lapita peoples. He describes the research itself and conveys the excitement of the first discoveries of Lapita settlements, tools and pottery. He then traces the remarkable cultural development and spread of the Lapita peoples across the unoccupied islands of Eastern Melanesia, Micronesia and Western Polynesia. He shows how they became the progenitors of the Polynesian and Austronesian-speaking Melanesian peoples. The author describes Lapita sites, communities and landscapes, the development of their decorated ceramics, and their shell-tool industry. He reveals the means by which they accomplished such prodigious voyages and explains why they undertook them. He illustrates his account with specially drawn maps and with a wide range of photographs, many published for the first time. Drawing on the latest research in archaeology, anthropology, biology and linguistics, and written in clear, non-specialized language, this is an outstanding book of great importance to the history of South-East Asia and the Pacific.
Category: Social Science

The Archaeology Of Lapita Dispersal In Oceania

Author : Geoffrey Richard Clark
ISBN : UOM:39015047464964
Genre : Archaeology
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Papers from the Fourth Lapita Conference held in Canberra. Lapita archaeology is of fundamental importance to understanding the Pacific since it unearths information about the first people to establish themselves beyond the Solomon Islands to as far east as Samoa around 3000 years ago.
Category: Archaeology

The Boundless Sea

Author : David Abulafia
ISBN : 9780199934980
Genre : History
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"David Abulafia's new book guides readers along the world's greatest bodies of water to reveal their primary role in human history. The main protagonists are the three major oceans-the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Indian-which together comprise the majority of the earth's water and cover over half of its surface. Over time, as passage through them gradually extended and expanded, linking first islands and then continents, maritime networks developed, evolving from local exploration to lines of regional communication and commerce and eventually to major arteries. These waterways carried goods, plants, livestock, and of course people-free and enslaved-across vast expanses, transforming and ultimately linking irrevocably the economies and cultures of Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas"--
Category: History

Women And Violence Global Lives In Focus

Author : Kathleen M. Nadeau
ISBN : 9781440862243
Genre : Social Science
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This important and timely reference work examines violence against women and gender-based discrimination around the world, providing a global perspective on why this kind of oppression is still occurring in the 21st century. • Enables a fuller comprehension of how contemporary ideas about gender and power are being debated, reinforced, and challenged • Offers a repository of key concepts used by local scholars and country specialists who study gender-based violence • Sheds light on gender-based violence and women's advocacy against discrimination that is occurring around the world • Lists major events that have occurred in relation to women and violence around the world through history in a chronology • Offers insightful information related to the chapters in sidebars throughout the text
Category: Social Science

Hawaiian Natural History Ecology And Evolution

Author : Alan C. Ziegler
ISBN : 0824821904
Genre : History
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Not since Willam A. Bryan's 1915 landmark compendium, Hawaiian Natural History, has there been a single-volume work that offers such extensive coverage of this complex but fascinating subject. Illustrated with more than two dozen color plates and a hundred photographs and line drawings, Hawaiian Natural History, Ecology, and Evolution updates both the earlier publication and subsequent works by compiling and synthesizing in a uniform and accessible fashion the widely scattered information now available. Readers can trace the natural history of the Hawaiian Archipelago through the book's twenty-eight chapters or focus on specific topics such as island formation by plate tectonics, plant and animal evolution, flightless birds and their fossil sites, Polynesian migrational history and ecology, the effects of humans and exotic animals on the environment, current conservation efforts, and the contributions of the many naturalists who visited the islands over the centuries and the stories behind their discoveries. An extensive annotated bibliography and a list of audio-visual materials will help readers locate additional sources of information.
Category: History

Oceania

Author : Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN : 9781588392381
Genre : Aboriginal Australians
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Includes detailed chapters devoted to each of the five major cultural regions of the Pacific: Australia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, and the islands of Southeast Asia.
Category: Aboriginal Australians

Easter Island

Author : JoAnne Van Tilburg
ISBN : UVA:X002602345
Genre : Easter Island
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Category: Easter Island

Traditions Encounters

Author : Jerry H. Bentley
ISBN : 0072489979
Genre : Intercultural communication
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Category: Intercultural communication

Lapita

Author : Simon Best
ISBN : UOM:39015056950432
Genre : Archaeology
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Category: Archaeology

Rapa Nui Journal

Author :
ISBN : UTEXAS:059172147721440
Genre : Easter Island
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New Guinea

Author : Clive Moore
ISBN : 0824824857
Genre : History
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Mr. Wishy-Washy washes more than just the dirty dishes.
Category: History

Abia South And Southeast Asian Art And Archaeology Index

Author :
ISBN : UOM:39015050048449
Genre : Archaeology
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Supplies annotated and indexed entries on publications in Asian and European languages relating to prehistory, (proto)historical archaeology, art history (including modern art), material culture, epigraphy, palaeography, numismatics and sigillography.
Category: Archaeology

Traditions Encounters

Author : Jerry H. Bentley
ISBN : 007299827X
Genre : Intercultural communication
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"On the basis of a superficial inspection, Traditions & Encounters might look similar to several other textbooks that survey the world's past. Like other books, for example, Traditions & Encounters examines the historical development of societies in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania. Yet Traditions & Encounters differs from other works in two particularly important ways. First, it relies on a pair of prominent themes to bring a global perspective to the study of world history: it traces the historical development of individual societies in all world regions, and it also focuses attention systematically on interactions between peoples of different societies. Second, it organizes the human past into seven eras that represent distinct and coherent periods of global historical development"--Preface (Page xvi).
Category: Intercultural communication

The Solomon Islands Project

Author : Jonathan Scott Friedlaender
ISBN : UOM:39015050573305
Genre : Science
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This volume summarizes the findings of the Harvard Solomon Islands medical-anthropological expeditions of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and presents the results of subsequent surveys of the same populations a decade later. The Harvard expeditions amassed extensive anthropological, genetic, and health data on over 3,000 individuals living in eight varied groups in these southwest Pacific islands. At the time, the Solomons were only marginally affected by world culture and technological advances. Particular strengths of this collection include genetic distance studies, longitudinal studies in blood pressure change and associated changes in body build, a prospective study of hepatitis B status and mortality, and an overview of epidemiological trends with modernization.
Category: Science

Domodomo

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ISBN : UOM:39015073540190
Genre : Fiji
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Category: Fiji