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After Captain Cook: The Archaeology of the Recent Indigenous Past in Australia (review)

After Captain Cook: The Archaeology of the Recent Indigenous Past in Australia (review) asian perspectives 45(1) spring 2006 tors to this volume rarely discuss Solheim's ideas directly. Perhaps this is inevitable in a Festschrift, which aims for a respectful distance rather than critical engagement with its human subject. Most contributors tiptoe around Solheim's most well-known theories, such as his Nusantao hypothesis on the origins of Austronesian-speaking peoples in the Pacific. Only Meacham, Oppenheimer, and Bulbeck write directly about these ideas, while those who have written critically about them (such as Bellwood) keep a polite distance. Two contributors, Tanudirjo and Jiao, take care to avoid direct criticism, which serves to dissi- pate their own presentation of potentially valuable alternative hypotheses. Paz writes in his postscript that Solheim is finalizing a new book on his Nusantao hypothesis. Hopefully that will stimulate new interest and testing of these ideas in ways that better unify those working on the archaeology of Southeast Asia and neighboring regions. These disappointments (or more accurately, unrealistic expectations) aside, this volume remains a valuable contribution to the field and would be useful for those interested in its disciplinary history and as a glimpse into its current practice, as well as an introduction to the life of Bill Solheim and his http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Perspectives University of Hawai'I Press

After Captain Cook: The Archaeology of the Recent Indigenous Past in Australia (review)

Asian Perspectives , Volume 45 (1) – Mar 27, 2006

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asian perspectives 45(1) spring 2006 tors to this volume rarely discuss Solheim's ideas directly. Perhaps this is inevitable in a Festschrift, which aims for a respectful distance rather than critical engagement with its human subject. Most contributors tiptoe around Solheim's most well-known theories, such as his Nusantao hypothesis on the origins of Austronesian-speaking peoples in the Pacific. Only Meacham, Oppenheimer, and Bulbeck write directly about these ideas, while those who have written critically about them (such as Bellwood) keep a polite distance. Two contributors, Tanudirjo and Jiao, take care to avoid direct criticism, which serves to dissi- pate their own presentation of potentially valuable alternative hypotheses. Paz writes in his postscript that Solheim is finalizing a new book on his Nusantao hypothesis. Hopefully that will stimulate new interest and testing of these ideas in ways that better unify those working on the archaeology of Southeast Asia and neighboring regions. These disappointments (or more accurately, unrealistic expectations) aside, this volume remains a valuable contribution to the field and would be useful for those interested in its disciplinary history and as a glimpse into its current practice, as well as an introduction to the life of Bill Solheim and his

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Published: Mar 27, 2006

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