Defining Territories: Exploratory Analysis in Polynesia

Author(s): Brian Lane

Year: 2017


Territory boundaries can often be difficult to identify archaeologically despite their importance in understanding the larger population process of competition between groups in the past. This analysis tests our ability to define archaeological territories on islands based on geospatial relationships between resources and fortifications. Territories are the result of historical processes of competition between groups. Testing of this method is conducted for the island of Rapa, Austral Islands, French Polynesia. The island is an ideal location due to the importance of competition and territoriality in our understanding of the island's prehistory and the circumscribed nature of islands.

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Defining Territories: Exploratory Analysis in Polynesia. Brian Lane. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430438)

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min long: 111.973; min lat: -52.052 ; max long: -87.715; max lat: 53.331 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16517