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Social memory and the Langi (Royal tombs) of Lapaha, Tonga

Clark, Geoffrey


This paper examines how the traditional history of monumental tombs in a continuously occupied landscape in the Kingdom of Tonga has become fractured, and in some instances attaches uncertainly to a particular mortuary structure. The Tu'i Tonga dynasty ruled Tonga for more than 600 years (~AD 1200-1800), and traditional genealogies record 39 Tui Tonga, most of whom were buried in stone-faced sepulchres known as langi (sky) at the central place of Lapaha. Construction of the tombs...[Show more]

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


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