The Power and Reach of Chiefly Societies in Fiji-West Polynesia

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    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 – a major objective in world prehistory.
    Effective start/end date15/02/1031/12/15


    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$681,400.00


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