On the road of the winds : an archaeological history of the Pacific islands before European contact

"The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of the earth's surface and encompasses many thousands of islands, which are home to numerous human societies and cultures. Among these indigenous Oceanic cultures are the intrepid Polynesian double-hulled canoe navigators, the atoll dwellers of Micronesi...

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Main Author: Kirch, Patrick Vinton , [Author]
Published: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017].
Edition: Revised and expanded edition.
Physical Description: pages cm.
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505 0 |a Introduction : defining Oceania -- Discovering the Oceanic past -- The Pacific islands as a human environment -- Sahul and the prehistory of "old" Melanesia -- Lapita and the Austronesian expansion -- The prehistory of "new" Melanesia -- Micronesia : in the "sea of little islands" -- Polynesia : origins and dispersals -- Polynesian chiefdoms and archaic states -- Big structures and large processes in Oceanic prehistory. 
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