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The Other Half of the Planet: The idea of the Pacific World in Historical Archaeology

Author(s): Ross W. Jamieson

Year: 2017

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Summary

The Pacific Ocean has been an imposing barrier to human travel since the first humans ventured into the region.  It has also been an important route of travel joining vastly different peoples that surround and inhabit it.  The Pacific takes up half the surface of the planet, and yet historical archaeologists have rarely taken the time to treat it as a single entity.  The "Atlantic World," "the Black Atlantic," "Atlantic Worlds" are our stock in trade.  But does the Pacific World exist?  If so, how do we define it and what does it mean for archaeologists who study the last 500 years? 


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The Other Half of the Planet: The idea of the Pacific World in Historical Archaeology. Ross W. Jamieson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435436)


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Geographic Keywords
Canada North America


Spatial Coverage

min long: -141.003; min lat: 41.684 ; max long: -52.617; max lat: 83.113 ;

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PaperId(s): 397

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America