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The Oxford Handbook of Prehistoric Oceania

The Oxford Handbook of Prehistoric Oceania (Paperback)

By Hunt, Terry L.
By Cochrane, Ethan E.

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Oceania was the last region on earth to be permanently inhabited, with the final settlers reaching Aotearoa/New Zealand approximately AD 1300. This is about the same time that related Polynesian populations began erecting Easter Island's gigantic statues, farming the valley slope...s of Tahiti and similar islands, and moving finely made basalt tools over several thousand kilometers of open ocean between Hawai'i, the Marquesas, the Cook Islands, and archipelagos in between. The remarkable prehistory of Polynesia is one chapter of Oceania's human story. Almost 50,000 years prior, people entered Oceania for the first time, arriving in New Guinea and its northern offshore islands shortly thereafter, a biogeographic region labelled Near Oceania and including parts of Melanesia. Near Oceania saw the independent development of agriculture and has a complex history resulting in the greatest linguistic diversity in the world. Beginning 1000 BC, after millennia of gradually accelerating cultural change in Near Oceania, some groups sailed east from this space of inter-visible islands and entered Remote Oceania, rapidly colonizing the widely separated separated archipelagos from Vanuatu to SAmoa with purposeful, return voyages, and carrying an intricately decorated pottery called Lapita. From this common cultural foundation these populations developed separate, but occasionally connected, cultural traditions over the next 3000 years. Western Micronesia, the archipelagos of Palau, Guam and the Marianas, was also colonized around 1500 BC by canoes arriving from the west, beginning equally long sequences of increasingly complex social formations, exchange relationships and monumental constructions. All of these topics and others are presented in The Oxford Handbook of Prehistoric Oceania, written by Oceania's leading archaeologists and allied researchers. Chapters describe the cultural sequences of the region's major island groups, provide the most recent explanations for diversity and change in Oceanic prehistory, and lay the foundation for the next generation of research.
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ISBN 9780197610763
Released NZ 6 Jan 2022
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780197610763
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Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Imprint Oxford University Press Inc
Released 6 Jan 2022
Publication Country United States United States
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Hunt, Terry L.
By Cochrane, Ethan E.
Series Oxford Handbooks
Category Prehistoric Archaeology
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand
Number of Pages 528
Dimensions Width: 171mm
Height: 246mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 995
Weight 870g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Prehistoric peoples - Oceania, Archaeology - Oceania, Oceania - Antiquities
NBS Text Archaeology
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly