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Mortuary practices of the first Polynesians: Formative ethnogenesis in the Kingdom of Tonga

Valentin, Frederique; Clark, Geoffrey; Parton, Phillip; Reepmeyer, Christian


Ancestral Polynesian Society has been argued to represent a formative stage in Polynesian ethnogenesis. Recently discovered human burials at the Talasiu midden site in Tonga, dating to c. 2650 cal BP, now provide the earliest known evidence for Ancestral Polynesian mortuary behaviour. This article presents and evaluates the burials, comparing archaeological evidence for Talasiu mortuary practices with those of older Lapita and more recent Tongan burials, as well as with Ancestral Polynesian...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Antiquity
DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2020.89


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