The First Polynesians: Their Origins, Lifeways and Environmental Challenges

  • Clark, Geoffrey (Primary Investigator)
  • Reepmeyer, Christian (Co-Investigator)
  • Valentin, Frederique (Co-Investigator)

    Project Details


    This project uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine the biological, cultural and environmental factors underpinning the Polynesian people through a study of their ancient homeland in Tonga. Early Polynesian society developed 2650-2350 years ago, but little is known about the people, their culture and how sea-level fall impacted subsistence and settlement. The proposed study's goal is to fill this gap in human knowledge about our Pacific neighbours using a unique skeletal assemblage, excavated cultural remains and advanced mapping of palaeo-sea-level markers that will improve understanding of the impact of environmental change on human societies in our region.
    Effective start/end date20/10/2021/04/25


    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$471,283.00


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