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The Field of War: LiDAR identification of earthwork defences on Tongatapu Island, Kingdom of Tonga

Parton, Phillip; Clark, Geoffrey; Reepmeyer, Christian; Burley, David

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Warfare and conflict are associated with complex societies in in Polynesia where competition and coercion were common in island chiefdoms. In prehistoric Oceania, Tonga was unique for an Archaic state that under the Tu'i Tonga dynasty established control over an entire archipelago from A.D. 1200 to A.D. 1799 prior to a prolonged period of warfare. Lidar data was used to identify earthwork fortifications over the entirety of Tongatapu and to examine the conflict landscape using lidar-derived...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/281381
Source: Journal of Pacific Archaeology

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