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Hawaiki, Ancestral Polynesia

Hawaiki, Ancestral Polynesia
An Essay in Historical Anthropology

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  • Date Published: April 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521788793

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  • In this innovative book, Kirch and Green develop the theory and method of an anthropological approach to long-term history. Combining archaeology, comparative ethnography, and historical linguistics, they advance a phylogenetic model for cultural diversification, and apply a triangulation method for historical reconstruction. Through an analysis of the history of Polynesian cultures they present a first-time detailed reconstruction of Hawaiki, the Ancestral Polynesian culture that flourished some 2,500 years ago. This book will be essential reading for any anthropologist, prehistorian, linguist, or cultural historian concerned with the study of long-term history.

    • Explicitly develops the theory and method of long-term anthropological history
    • Cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries, integrating archaeology, comparative ethnography, and historical linguistics
    • Offers a richly-textured reconstruction of the world of the ancient Polynesians
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    "In all, this is a wonderful book for anyone interested in the origins of Polynesian societies. It is also an example of good, solid, culture history methodology at its best, with a nice admixture of ecology and theoretical issues." Journal Canadien D'Archéologie

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521788793
    • length: 394 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus. 11 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue: on historical anthropology
    Part I. The Phylogenetic Model: Theory and Method:
    1. The phylogenetic model in historical anthropology
    2. Methodologies: implementing the phylogenetic model
    3. Polynesia as a phylogenetic unit
    Part II. Rediscovering 'Hawaiki':
    4. The ancestral Polynesian world
    5. Subsistence
    6. Food preparation and cuisine
    7. Material culture
    8. Social and political organization
    9. Gods, rituals, and seasons
    Epilogue: on history, phylogeny, and evolution.

  • Authors

    Patrick Vinton Kirch, University of California, Berkeley

    Roger C. Green, University of Auckland

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