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No Meat on that Beautiful Shore: The Prehistoric Abandonment of Subtropical Poynesian Islands

Anderson, Atholl


In the Pacific there are two main groups of so-called 'mystery islands', i.e. islands that were settled and then abandoned (or their populations died out) in prehistory. One consists of low coral islands in the equatorial zone and the other of high basaltic islands in the subtropical zone. Consideration of environmental and archaeological evidence about the latter suggests that they lay in a relatively impoverished zone of faunal resources (marine mammals, seabirds, inshore fish and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2001
Type: Journal article
Source: International Journal of Osteoarchaeology


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