Small Island Adaptations in the Initial Colonization of Fiji and Tonga
Author(s): David Burley
Current research into the earliest Lapita occupation of Fiji and Tonga emphasizes the importance of small offshore island settlement choices for founder populations. Associated faunal data typically illustrate reliance on reef and marine resources that, in turn, have resurrected 1960s "strand looper" interpretations for Lapita economy, with little to no reliance on agricultural production. Recent studies at early Lapita sites at Kavewa (northern Fiji) and Nukuleka (southern Tonga) provide an alternative view, including use of freshwater wetlands and planting pits for reliable taro yields.
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Small Island Adaptations in the Initial Colonization of Fiji and Tonga. David Burley. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430654)
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