Description - The Evolution of the Polynesian Chiefdoms by Patrick Vinton Kirch
This is the first study from an archaeological perspective of the elaborate system of chiefdoms found in the islands of Polynesia. While the growth and development of complex social and political systems in this region have long interested anthropologists and ethnographers, only recently have the islands' rich sources of archaeological data been fully exploited. The author combines these new archaeological data with ethnographic and linguistic materials to present an innovative and perceptive account of the processes of culture change in the islands over three millennia. Using comparative ethnography, lexical reconstruction and direct archaeological evidence, the author reconstructs the broad outlines of Ancestral Polynesian Society, from which the diverse societies of the Polynesian region descended. Major proceeds of cultural change are analysed in detail, including colonization, adaptation to new and changing environments, development of intensive production and social conflict and competition.
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