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Pacific Monumentalism

Ballard, Christopher; Wilson, Meredith


This paper calls into question the status of the category of monument in the Pacific, and proposes that the transfer to the Pacific of Western European notions of the form and significance of the monumental has masked a range of local historical possibilities and interpretative opportunities. Monumental constructions in stone have long fascinated Western visitors to the Pacific, inspiring familiar colonial reveries of lost civilisations, nostalgic tropes of cultural degeneration, and elaborate...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Book Title: Studies in Global Archaeology no. 20


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