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A 1980 Attempt at Reviving Ancient Irrigation Practices in the Pacific: Rationale, Failure, and Success  

Matthew Spriggs

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Jul 2015
The author was project leader on an attempt to revive ancient irrigation practices on Aneityum Island (Vanuatu, S. Pacific) in 1980, based on his archaeological and ethnoarchaeological ... More

Ancient Fiji: Melting Pot of the Southwest Pacific  

Ethan E. Cochrane

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Dec 2017
Like the other archipelagos of Remote Oceania, Fiji was colonized by Lapita voyagers approximately 1000 b.c. Over the subsequent three millennia, Fijian populations underwent considerable ... More

Archaeology of a Piece of Gondwanaland: The Past of New Caledonia  

Christophe Sand

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Sep 2015
New Caledonia is the southern-most archipelago of Melanesia. Its unique geological diversity, as part of the old Gondwana plate, has led to specific pedological and floral environments ... More

The Archaeology of Prehistoric Oceania  

Ethan E. Cochrane and Terry L. Hunt

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Dec 2017
The archaeological record of Oceania stretches over one-third of the earth’s surface with the first humans entering Oceania 50,000 years ago and with the last major archipelago settled ... More

The Archaeology of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)  

Terry L. Hunt and Carl Lipo

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Dec 2017
The public and scholarly fascination with Rapa Nui or Easter Island has stimulated research on this isolated island since the late nineteenth century. In the last twenty years such ... More

Archaeology of the Eastern Caroline Islands, Micronesia  

J. Stephen Athens

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Nov 2014
A great deal of archaeology has been conducted in the Eastern Caroline Islands during the last thirty-five years. This chapter provides an overview of these investigations and ... More

The Archaeology of Vanuatu: 3,000 Years of History across Islands of Ash and Coral  

Stuart Bedford and Matthew Spriggs

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Oct 2014
The more than 1,000-kilometer stretch of eighty-two inhabited islands comprising the Vanuatu archipelago is centrally situated in the southwest Pacific. These islands were first settled in ... More

The Archaeology of Western Micronesia  

Scott M. Fitzpatrick

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Oct 2014
Western Micronesia encompasses several major archipelagos and islands, including the Marianas, Yap, and Palau. Language and human biology suggest Western Micronesia was most likely ... More

Australasia  

Lesley Head, Harry Allen, Tim Denham, and Richard Fullagar

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Mar 2009
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Sep 2012
This article examines the archaeology of Australasia. It explains that Australasia comprises Australia, New Guinea, and New Zealand and it conflates geographical, colonial, and national ... More

The Chronology of Colonization in Remote Oceania  

Timothy Rieth and Ethan E. Cochrane

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Sep 2015
Colonization of Remote Oceania resulted in the discovery of thousands of islands spread across an enormous area of the Pacific Ocean. Beginning as early as approximately 3500 cal. B.P. in ... More

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