Pre-Contact Samoan cultivation practices in regional and theoretical perspective

Show simple item record Quintus, S en Cochrane, Ethan en 2018-10-07T22:32:14Z en 2017-03-01 en
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dc.description.abstract Most pre-European Polynesian societies were supported by intensive and elaborate cultivation systems. These systems were at the core of human adaptation and political maneuvering, being intimately tied to both the physical and cultural environment. However, our understanding of the development of and variation within Polynesian cultivation systems has been restricted by a lack of knowledge and discussion of key archipelagoes. One such archipelago is Samoa. Recent archaeological evidence, when combined with previous fieldwork, has resulted in an opportunity to explore questions of agricultural development in Samoa. We review these data here, and put them into regional and theoretical context. We argue that similar processes are apparent across the archipelago, notably involving risk management technology. Variation, though, is also apparent and it appears that the tempo and scale of intensification was not even. We argue that there is evidence of correlations between agricultural development and political change, and much of the infrastructural developments relating to cultivation might have played a role in changing socio-political structures. While this review provides new evidence of the complexity of Samoan cultivation practices, additional targeted research is necessary, especially on the island of Savai'i. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology en
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dc.title Pre-Contact Samoan cultivation practices in regional and theoretical perspective en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/15564894.2017.1285835 en
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pubs.elements-id 617812 en Arts en Social Sciences en Anthropology en
dc.identifier.eissn 1556-1828 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-03-20 en 2017-03-01 en

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