Health and Disease in the Prehistoric Pacific Islands [Paperback]

Hallie Buckley (Author)

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ISBN: 9781407314433 | Published by: British Archaeological Reports | Series: BAR S | Volume: 2792 | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 253p,

Health and Disease in the Prehistoric Pacific Islands


This study was conducted using a sample from the Solomon Islands in Melanesia and another sample from two burial mounds in Tonga, Polynesia. The primary aim of the study was to assess whether the presence of malaria in Melanesia adversely affected the overall health of these people compared to the Polynesian group, where malaria has always been absent. The Pacific islands are often forgotten when considering global issues of health and subsistence change. However, this region has much to offer with regard to understanding human adaptation to different environments during and after colonisation and the biosocial responses to disease.

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