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Ecological Contingency Accounts for Earliest Seagoing in the Western Pacific Ocean

Anderson, Atholl


Seagoing at 1 mya to Flores, and sea gaps of >50km crossed by 47 kya to Sahul, are evidence of earlier maritime migration in the western Pacific than anywhere else. Current opinion attributes the latter to the influence of anatomically modern human cultural complexity on seagoing technology and practice, together with the impetus of serial resource depression. It is argued here that seagoing was unusually advantaged in the western Pacific by a fortuitous conjunction of the warmest seas with a...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology
DOI: 10.1080/15564894.2016.1277286


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