Sigatoka: Shifting Sands of Fijian Prehistory [Paperback]

Yvonne Marshall (Author); Andrew Crosby (Author); Sepeti Matararaba (Author); Shannon Wood (Author)

ISBN: 9781842170113 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: University of Southampton Department of Archaeology Monograph | Volume: 1 | Year of Publication: 2000 | Language: English 128p, H297 x W210 (mm) b/w figs and pls



The traditional view of the colonisation of Fiji is one of an initial movement to the islands three thousand years ago followed by relative isolation until the 19th century. Therefore it is no surprise that these islands and their inhabitants have been widely studied as examples of cultures evolving in isolation. However, recent archaeological evidence and new theoretical models have questioned the degree of isolation experienced in the early years of the occupation of the islands. One important site within this debate is the Sigatoka sand dunes on the south-west shore of Fiji's largest island. Here the archaeological evidence from this site is reassessed and presents a dynamic, interactive picture of island life, with constant contacts with other islands to the east and west. The information from this site is not only placed within the broader context of this group of islands, but also within other theoretical migrationist and evolutionary models of island groups.

Table of Contents

1. The power of a picture
2. The Sigatoka Sand Dunes
3. The 1992 mapping porject: aims and methods
4. The 1992 mapping project: summary of results
5. Pulling together four decades of archaeology
6. Human Remains recovered from the dunes, 1965-1998
7. Reconstructing the changing dune surface
8. Understanding the nature of human occupation
9. Working with complexity
10. Modeling change and continuity in Fijian prehistory

Appendices: Reports on subsurface investigations 1991-1993
A Testpit and probe transects 1992
B Excavated Features 1992
C Excavated burials 1991 and 1992
D Investigations behind the dunes, 1992 and 1993

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