Prehistoric exchange in the Vitiaz Strait, Papua New Guinea
When Europeans began colonizing coastal western Melanesia in the mid to late nineteenth century, they found a number of trading systems which effectively ringed the island of New Guinea and linked i t with nearby island arcs. The f i r s t anthropologists to study these systems found them to be quite remarkable, in that in the absence of complex socio-political structures they facilitated the movement of large quantities of valuable and utilitarian commodities over often considerable...[Show more]
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