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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

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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]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/74195
Source: PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1406165111

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