Prehistoric Socio-Political Structure on Pohnpei: Perspectives from Mortuary Contexts
The traditional Pohnpeian socio-political system has been classified as a complex stratified chiefdom (e.g. Ayres 1990; Cordy 1985; Petersen 1992) and was arguably a state for a few hundred years of the island’s prehistory. Oral tradition documents a period when the island was unified by a dynasty based at the site of Nan Madol, followed by a decentralization of power after the dynasty was overthrown (Bernart 1977; Hambruch 1936a; Hanlon 1988a). Archaeological...[Show more]
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