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Shards of Meaning: Archaeology and the Melanesia-Polynesia Divide

Clark, Geoffrey


The primary divide between Melanesians and Polynesians, according to Dumont d'Urville, was due to the two groups having separate origins and arrival times in the Pacific. Anthropologists and ethnologists, along with the first archaeologists to work in the West Pacific, saw pottery as a fundamental marker of an early expansion of Melanesian peoples, while non-pottery-using Polynesians were seen as more recent arrivals. Although later archaeological work altered important aspects of this...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Pacific History
DOI: 10.1080/0022334032000120530


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