The chiefdoms of Polynesia were the most complex societies ever to exist in the prehistoric Pacific, and determining their development, influence and maritime reach is a key issue in Pacific archaeology. Building from a ground-breaking study of monumental architecture in Tonga recently published in Antiquity, the project will describe the early Tongan chiefdom, its expansion in Fiji-West Polynesia, and using sophisticated geochemical techniques, the extent of inter-archipelago voyaging. The outcome will significantly improve our understanding of social complexity and its regional consequences â€“ a major objective in world prehistory.
|Effective start/end date||15/02/10 → 31/12/15|
- Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD681,400.00