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Stone architecture, monumentality and the rise of the early Tongan chiefdom

Clark, Geoffrey; Reepmeyer, Christian

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Monumental construction is commonly associated with the rise of complex societies and frequently supported the ceremonies and ideologies that were instrumental in the creation of the new social order. Recent fieldwork at Heketa in eastern Tongatapu recorded stone-built platforms for houses and seats, and a three-Tiered tomb and trilithon. Tongan tradition and archaeology combineto show that these were the setting for new ceremonies instituted by the emergent Tu'i Tonga lineage in the fourteenth...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorClark, Geoffrey
dc.contributor.authorReepmeyer, Christian
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:34:34Z
dc.identifier.issn0003-598X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/76186
dc.description.abstractMonumental construction is commonly associated with the rise of complex societies and frequently supported the ceremonies and ideologies that were instrumental in the creation of the new social order. Recent fieldwork at Heketa in eastern Tongatapu recorded stone-built platforms for houses and seats, and a three-Tiered tomb and trilithon. Tongan tradition and archaeology combineto show that these were the setting for new ceremonies instituted by the emergent Tu'i Tonga lineage in the fourteenth century AD as they laid the foundations of the early Tongan chiefdom. Key to their success were activities that emphasised the sacred origins of the living Tu'i Tonga, including the drinking of kava and the presentation of first fruits to the chiefs.
dc.publisherAntiquity Publications
dc.sourceAntiquity
dc.subjectKeywords: Chiefdom; Fourteenth century AD; Heketa; House platform; Kava ceremony; Lapaha; Tonga; Tongatapu; Trilithon; Tu'i Tonga
dc.titleStone architecture, monumentality and the rise of the early Tongan chiefdom
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume88
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor210106 - Archaeology of New Guinea and Pacific Islands (excl. New Zealand)
local.identifier.ariespublicationU3488905xPUB5051
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationClark, Geoffrey, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationReepmeyer, Christian, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue342
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1244
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage1260
local.identifier.doi.1017/S0003598X00115431
dc.date.updated2020-11-08T07:20:54Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84914140105
local.identifier.thomsonID000346544500015
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