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The Evolution of the Polynesian Chiefdoms : New Studies in Archaeology - Patrick Vinton Kirch

The Evolution of the Polynesian Chiefdoms

New Studies in Archaeology

Paperback Published: 11th September 1989
ISBN: 9780521273169
Number Of Pages: 328

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This is the first study from an archaeological perspective of the elaborate system of chiefdoms found in the islands of Polynesia. While the growth and development of complex social and political systems in this region have long interested anthropologists and ethnographers, only recently have the islands' rich sources of archaeological data been fully exploited. The author combines these new archaeological data with ethnographic and linguistic materials to present an innovative and perceptive account of the processes of culture change in the islands over three millennia. Using comparative ethnography, lexical reconstruction and direct archaeological evidence, the author reconstructs the broad outlines of Ancestral Polynesian Society, from which the diverse societies of the Polynesian region descended. Major proceeds of cultural change are analysed in detail, including colonization, adaptation to new and changing environments, development of intensive production and social conflict and competition.

'... most comprehensive and analytical review of Polynesian archaeology to appear in the literature so far ...'. Archaeology 'A fascinating, authoritative account of the development of pre-European political systems in the central and eastern Pacific ... a major achievement.' John Terrell, Reviews in Anthropology 'This is archaeology as it should be.' Man 'This well-illustrated book with its extensive bibliography should continue to be an important book for scholars and students of Polynesia for years to come.' Journal of the Polynesian Society

Polynesian societies and ecosystems
Ancestral Polynesia
Dispersal, colonization, and adaptation
The demographic factor
Changing environments
Development and intensification of production
Competition and conflict
Easter Island
Glossary of Polynesian terms
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ISBN: 9780521273169
ISBN-10: 0521273161
Series: New Studies in Archaeology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 11th September 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.78 x 15.27  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.47