Introduction: 'Austronesia' and the great Austronesian migration

  title={Introduction: 'Austronesia' and the great Austronesian migration},
  author={John Edward Terrell},
  journal={World Archaeology},
  pages={586 - 590}
  • J. Terrell
  • Published 1 December 2004
  • Economics
  • World Archaeology
What lies behind the widespread distribution of the Austronesian languages today? Some claim we must invoke an ancient cultural 'mutation' - the invention of agriculture - and a consequent prehistoric migration to account for it. But do we need a big story to explain this kind of big problem? What other sorts of stories would work as well or better? 

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