Māori settlement of New Zealand: the Anthropocene as a process

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dc.contributor.author Holdaway, Simon en
dc.contributor.author Emmitt, Joshua en
dc.contributor.author Furey, L en
dc.contributor.author Jorgensen, Alexander en
dc.contributor.author O'Regan, Gerard en
dc.contributor.author Phillipps, Rebecca en
dc.contributor.author Prebble, M en
dc.contributor.author Wallace, R en
dc.contributor.author Ladefoged, Thegn en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-29T03:15:32Z en
dc.date.issued 2019-04 en
dc.identifier.issn 1834-4453 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46328 en
dc.description.abstract The lateness and prominence of Polynesian colonisation of New Zealand make it an ideal place to investigate the Anthropocene. We review the Anthropocene as a process and the information needed to understand the consequences of ongoing human–environmental interaction. Elsewhere in the world, a lengthy history complicates the ability to differentiate between the impact of people on the environment and the consequences of engagement. In New Zealand, engagement is not only of short duration but the landmass has a long coastline, with numerous offshore islands. These characteristics provide the scope to study the impact of engagement where it is particularly discernible. We introduce one such island, Ahuahu (Great Mercury Island). Upon arrival, Polynesian colonists found a temperate, geologically complex land covered in forest, populated by a diverse endemic flora and fauna. They knew how to produce crops and exploit wild food sources but had to rapidly adapt to new conditions marginal to production and new technological possibilities. The New Zealand case study allows consideration of whether the processes involved in creating the phenomena described by the Anthropocene are global, directional and inevitable, or are due to local, small-scale changes related to particular forms of production by M¯aori, and their capacity to construct environmental change. en
dc.publisher Wiley en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Archaeology in Oceania en
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dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.title Māori settlement of New Zealand: the Anthropocene as a process en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1002/arco.5173 en
pubs.issue 1 en
pubs.begin-page 17 en
pubs.volume 54 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.end-page 34 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 756649 en
pubs.org-id Arts en
pubs.org-id Social Sciences en
pubs.org-id Anthropology en
pubs.org-id Maori en
pubs.org-id James Henare Research Centre en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2018-11-20 en
pubs.online-publication-date 2018-11-18 en


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