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Prehistoric maritime migration in the Pacific islands: an hypothesis of ENSO forcing

Anderson, Atholl; Chappell, John; Gagan, Michael; Grove, Richard


Long-distance human migration across the Pacific Ocean occurred during the late Holocene and originated almost entirely in the west. As prevailing tradewinds blow from the east, the mechanisms of prehistoric seafaring have been debated since the sixteenth century. Inadequacies in propositions of accidental or opportunistic drifting on occasional westerlies were exposed by early computer simulation. Experimental voyaging in large, fast, weatherly (windward-sailing) double-canoes, together with...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Holocene
DOI: 10.1191/0959683606hl901ft


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