Skip navigation
Skip navigation

Stone tools from the ancient Tongan state reveal prehistoric interaction centers in the Central Pacific

Clark, Geoffrey; Reepmeyer, Christian; Melekiola, Nivaleti; Woodhead, Jonathan; Dickinson, William; Martinsson-Wallin, Helene


Tonga was unique in the prehistoric Pacific for developing a maritime state that integrated the archipelago under a centralized authority and for undertaking long-distance economic and political exchanges in the second millennium A.D. To establish the extent of Tonga's maritime polity, we geochemically analyzed stone tools excavated from the central places of the ruling paramounts, particularly lithic artifacts associated with stone-faced chiefly tombs. The lithic networks of the Tongan state...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1406165111
Access Rights: Open Access


File Description SizeFormat Image
01_Clark_Stone_tools_from_the_ancient_2014.pdf1.01 MBAdobe PDF

Items in Open Research are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

Updated:  19 May 2020/ Responsible Officer:  University Librarian/ Page Contact:  Library Systems & Web Coordinator