Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/17278

Examining Prehistoric Migration Patterns in the Palauan Archipelago: A Computer Simulated Analysis of Drift Voyaging

File SizeFormat 
AP-v47n1-28-44.pdf6.7 MBAdobe PDFView/Open

Item Summary

Title: Examining Prehistoric Migration Patterns in the Palauan Archipelago: A Computer Simulated Analysis of Drift Voyaging
Authors: Callaghan, Richard
Fitzpatrick, Scott M.
Keywords: Computer simulation
drift voyaging
seafaring
colonization
Palau
show 1 moreMicronesia
show less
LC Subject Headings: Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals.
Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals.
Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
Oceania--Antiquities--Periodicals.
East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
Citation: Callaghan, R., and S. M. Fitzpatrick. 2008. Examining Prehistoric Migration Patterns in the Palauan Archipelago: A Computer Simulated Analysis of Drift Voyaging. Asian Perspectives 47 (1): 28-44.
Series/Report no.: Volume 47
Number 1
Abstract: A number of recent genetic, linguistic, and archaeological studies have attempted to ascertain the origin of settlers to the Palauan archipelago, but it remains a complex and debated issue. To provide additional insight into colonization strategies and settlement patterns, we conducted computer simulations of drift voyages to the Palauan archipelago based on historically recorded winds and currents. Drift voyages were considered here as drifting before the wind when lost, a strategy documented for Pacific Islanders. The simulations suggest that peoples drifting before the wind from the southern Philippines would have had the most success in landfall. This finding supports the current hypothesis of human colonization to the islands of Palau. KEYWORDS: Computer simulation, drift voyaging, seafaring, colonization, Palau, Micronesia.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/17278
ISSN: 1535-8283 (E-ISSN)
0066-8435 (Print)
Appears in Collections:Asian Perspectives, 2008 - Volume 47, Number 1 (Spring)



Items in ScholarSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.