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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.Read more
- 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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- 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
6. Food preparation and cuisine
7. Material culture
8. Social and political organization
9. Gods, rituals, and seasons
Epilogue: on history, phylogeny, and evolution.
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