Push and Pull Factors in Inland Settlement


Archaeological investigation along the coastlines of the islands of the Western Pacific have documented the distinct deposits of human colonizers and their descendants. Recent research has indicated that the first colonists were marine foragers, but also directed their forays into the interiors of islands to collect reptiles, bats, and birds. The research presented here reveals how predictive modeling and directed survey can aid in the detection of post-colonization sites located in the interiors of larger islands, in this case Viti Levu, Fiji. The examination of island interiors as a critical component of colonization can aid in furthering our understanding of ecological change and human population growth and settlement.

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Push and Pull Factors in Inland Settlement. Julie Field, Christopher Roos, John Dudgeon, Rebecca Hazard, Amy Commendador-Dudgeon. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431783)


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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): 15200