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The Lapita Peoples


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Table of Contents

Plates. Figures. Maps. Tables. Preface. Acknowledgments. 1. Introduction. 2. Old Melanesia. 3. The Lapita Dispersal. 4. Lapita in Linguistics and Biological Perspective. 5. Lapita Pottery and the "Community of Culture". 6. Between Land and Sea: Houses, Settlements, and Society. 7. Lapita Economy and the Ecology of Islands. 8. Systems of Exchange. 9. Epilogue: The Lapita Legacy. Appendix: Gazetteer of Major Lapital Sites. Notes. References. Index.

About the Author

Patrick V. Kirch is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Kirch is a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of The Wet and Dry (University of Chicago Press, 1994).


"This book marvellously conveys the excitement of an entire generation of the Lapita research but at the same time presents a comprehensive account of what this research has revealed about the " community culture" associated with the Lapita ... an excellent and informative read. (Asian Studies Association of Australia)

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