Bridging Legends and Science: Field Evidence of a Large Tsunami that Affected the Kingdom of Tonga in the 15th Century

  title={Bridging Legends and Science: Field Evidence of a Large Tsunami that Affected the Kingdom of Tonga in the 15th Century},
  author={Franck Lavigne and Julie Morin and Patrick Wassmer and Olivier Weller and Taaniela Kula and Ana V. Maea and Karim Kelfoun and Fatima Mokadem and Rapha{\"e}l Paris and Mukhamad Ngainul Malawani and Audrey Faral and Mhammed Benbakkar and S{\'e}gol{\`e}ne Saulnier-Copard and C{\'e}line M. Vidal and Tu’I’ahai Tu’I’afitu and Fuka Kitekei’aho and Martin Trautmann and Christopher A. Gomez},
  booktitle={Frontiers in Earth Science},
The pre-colonial history (i.e. before the 16th century) of Tonga and West Polynesia still suffers from major gaps despite significant scientific advances in recent years, particularly in the field of archaeology. By the 14th century, the powerful Tu’i Tonga kingdom united the islands of the Tongan archipelago under a centralised authority and, according to tradition, extended its influence to neighbouring island groups in the Central Pacific. However, some periods of deep crisis were identified… 

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