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Chiefly Tombs, Lineage History, and the Ancient Tongan State

Clark, Geoffrey


In the small archipelago of Tonga in the Central Pacific an Archaic state developed during the second millennium AD that was one of the most powerful socio-political entities to exist in prehistoric Oceania. The Tongan state was organized by three related chiefly lines who had a profound impact on Tonga's socio-political system over the past 700 years. Tongan elites constructed chiefly tombs and this article considers how their mortuary structures reveal lineage history. During state emergence...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Island & Coastal Archaeology
DOI: 10.1080/15564894.2015.1098754


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