|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology|
|Place of Publication||Berlin|
|Publisher||Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
The character and date of the earliest settlement of the remote Pacific Islands remains an important research objective. Tracing human origins in â€œRemote Oceaniaâ€ reveals a series of west-to-east migrations, ultimately from southern coastal China before 6,000 years BP (Bellwood et al. 2011). In the far west of Micronesia, the Mariana Islands have become known as the home of the oldest archaeological sites of Remote Oceania, dated 3,500â€“3,300 years BP (Fig. 1).