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Testing the human factor: Radiocarbon dating the first peoples of the South Pacific

Petchey, Fiona; Spriggs, Matthew; Leach, Foss; Seed, Mike; Sand, Christophe; Pietrusewsky, Michael; Anderson, Katy


Archaeologists have long debated the origins and mode of dispersal of the immediate predecessors of all Polynesians and many populations in Island Melanesia. Such debates are inextricably linked to a chronological framework provided, in part, by radiocarbon dates. Human remains have the greatest potential for providing answers to many questions pertinent to these debates. Unfortunately, bone is one of the most complicated materials to date reliably because of bone degradation, sample...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Archaeological Science
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2010.07.029


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