Archaeology of Pacific Oceania: Inhabiting a Sea of Islands (Routledge World Archaeology) (Paperback)

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Archaeology of Pacific Oceania, now in its second edition, offers a state-of-the-art and fully detailed chronological narrative of how Pacific Oceania came to be inhabited over a long time scale, posing fundamental questions both for Pacific Oceania and for global archaeology.

The Pacific Ocean covers 165 million sq. km, nearly one-third of the world's total surface area, yet its thousands of islands and their diverse cultural histories are scarcely known to the other two-thirds of the world. This book asks how and why did this vast sea of islands come to be inhabited over the last several millennia, transcending significant change in ecology, demography, and society? What were the roles of overseas contacts in the development of social networks, economic trade, and population dynamics? What can any or all of the thousands of islands offer as ideal model systems for comprehending globally significant issues of human-environment relations and coping with changing circumstances of natural and cultural history? What do the island archaeology records reveal about coastal setting as part of the larger human experience? How does Pacific Oceanic archaeology relate with a larger Asia-Pacific context or with the scope of world archaeology? The new second edition of Archaeology of Pacific Oceania addresses these questions and more, providing an updated synthesis of this important region.

Archaeology of Pacific Oceania is for scholars of Asia-Pacific archaeology and anthropology and will support students investigating the archaeology of Pacific Oceania.

About the Author

Mike T. Carson (Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Hawai'i, 2002) has investigated the broad geographic range and chronological scope of archaeological landscapes throughout the Asia-Pacific region. He was author of several books about Pacific Oceanic archaeology and ancient landscapes, editor of Palaeolandscapes in Archaeology: Lessons for the Past and Future (Routledge, 2022), and co-editor of Asian Perspectives: The Journal of Archaeology for Asia and the Pacific (University of Hawai'i Press, 2014-2020). He currently is Associate Professor of Archaeology at the Richard F. Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center at the University of Guam.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781032486376
ISBN-10: 1032486376
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: October 11th, 2023
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Routledge World Archaeology

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