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Archaeological Investigations in the Mangareva Islands (Gambier Archipelago), French Polynesia (review)

Archaeological Investigations in the Mangareva Islands (Gambier Archipelago), French Polynesia... storage capacity as rainy seasons shortened for a population that was not increasing but struggling in the face of deteriorating agricultural conditions for breadfruit and yams. My unpublished data from a palaeosediment core taken in the central taro patch at Mogmog in 1990 indicate this agricultural feature was created from a natural depression c. 700 years ago. Is this just a coincidence, or do we have a hint that Ulithians were also feeling the pinch and that lower relative sea level helped to enlarge the islet sucient to form a Ghyben-Herzberg lens? To conclude, one sympathizes with Descantes' wish to ``integrate'' ethnographic and historical documentation with archaeological data; clearly we ignore relevant facts at our peril. Yet it is scientific theories, rather than histories, that decide which these are. Descantes' catholic approach (accepting all manner of causes including the phenomenon of interest itself ) is not the model that I would recommend students follow. Weak on the explanatory side and its trendy rhetoric notwithstanding, IAE contains solid information that will be useful in theory building. Check it out at your university library. REFERENCES CITED Athens, J. S., and J. V. Ward 2001 Paleoenvironmental evidence for early human settlement http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Perspectives University of Hawai'I Press

Archaeological Investigations in the Mangareva Islands (Gambier Archipelago), French Polynesia (review)

Asian Perspectives , Volume 45 (2) – Apr 10, 2006

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storage capacity as rainy seasons shortened for a population that was not increasing but struggling in the face of deteriorating agricultural conditions for breadfruit and yams. My unpublished data from a palaeosediment core taken in the central taro patch at Mogmog in 1990 indicate this agricultural feature was created from a natural depression c. 700 years ago. Is this just a coincidence, or do we have a hint that Ulithians were also feeling the pinch and that lower relative sea level helped to enlarge the islet sucient to form a Ghyben-Herzberg lens? To conclude, one sympathizes with Descantes' wish to ``integrate'' ethnographic and historical documentation with archaeological data; clearly we ignore relevant facts at our peril. Yet it is scientific theories, rather than histories, that decide which these are. Descantes' catholic approach (accepting all manner of causes including the phenomenon of interest itself ) is not the model that I would recommend students follow. Weak on the explanatory side and its trendy rhetoric notwithstanding, IAE contains solid information that will be useful in theory building. Check it out at your university library. REFERENCES CITED Athens, J. S., and J. V. Ward 2001 Paleoenvironmental evidence for early human settlement

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Asian PerspectivesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Apr 10, 2006

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