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Isotopic uniformity and segregation in Tongan mounds

Fenner, Jack; Clark, Geoffrey; Cressey, Adrian; Valentin, Frederique; Olesen, Signe; Armstrong, Richard


Oral traditions, historical sources and geochemical results indicate that Polynesian chiefly societies had extensive inter-island interactions. Tonga was often a central hub of these interactions, particularly during the Tongan state era (750-150 BP). Archaeological evidence for human migration and inter-island mobility based on isotopic data from human remains, however, is sparse. We used strontium isotope analysis of human enamel excavated from a burial mound in the elite chiefly precinct of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2014.11.008


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