Stone tools from the ancient Tongan state reveal prehistoric interaction centers in the Central Pacific

@article{Clark2014StoneTF,
  title={Stone tools from the ancient Tongan state reveal prehistoric interaction centers in the Central Pacific},
  author={Geoffrey Clark and Christian Reepmeyer and Nivaleti Melekiola and J. Woodhead and W. Dickinson and Helene Martinsson-Wallin},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  year={2014},
  volume={111},
  pages={10491 - 10496}
}
  • Geoffrey Clark, Christian Reepmeyer, +3 authors Helene Martinsson-Wallin
  • Published 2014
  • Geography, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Significance The Tongan state was the only maritime polity in Oceania to encompass an entire archipelago and, through long-distance voyaging, to extend its influence to other island groups through political and economic exchanges. Stone tools recovered from the central places of the Tongan state were geochemically analyzed to provide the first archaeological assessment of maritime interaction in the Central Pacific, with a high proportion of tools (66%) identified as long-distance imports from… CONTINUE READING
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