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Indo-Pacific Migration and Colonization--Introduction

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Title:Indo-Pacific Migration and Colonization--Introduction
Authors:Anderson, Atholl
O'Connor, Sue
Maritime migration
Island Southeast Asia
seafaring technology
show 3 morevoyaging strategies
Austronesian colonization
transported landscapes
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LC Subject Headings:Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals.
Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals.
East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
Date Issued:2008
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
Citation:Anderson, A., and S. O'Connor. 2008. Indo-Pacific Migration and Colonization--Introduction. Asian Perspectives 47 (1): 2-11.
Series:Volume 47
Number 1
Abstract:In this Introduction we comment on issues raised by the present collection of papers as they appear relevant in thinking about the settlement of the Indo-Pacific from the Pleistocene to the late Holocene. Successful maritime migration across this vast region was obviously related to voyaging technology and colonizing behaviors. Here we critique earlier models that indicate simple unidirectional expansion and posit farming, or indeed any other single driver, for maritime expansion in the mid-late Holocene. It now appears that the development of interaction spheres in Wallacea, and perhaps connections with New Guinea, have contributed significantly to late Holocene societies in ISEA and Island Melanesia. Even in Remote Oceania where long-term colonizing success was dependent on a transported tropical horticultural complex, initial settlement strategies are likely to have been highly varied and to have had variable success. Nor is migration restricted to the founding events of island settlement; rather, it continued as a significant component of the formation and re-formation of island cultures up to the historical era and, of course, within the present day. Like the authors represented here we suggest that if we wish to make progress in understanding the motives, sources, mechanisms and results of colonizing migration, there will be greatest reward in exploring the complexity and variability that lie behind it. KEYWORDS: Maritime migration, Indo-Pacific, Island Southeast Asia, seafaring technology, voyaging strategies, Austronesian colonization, transported landscapes.
ISSN:1535-8283 (E-ISSN)
0066-8435 (Print)
Appears in Collections: Asian Perspectives, 2008 - Volume 47, Number 1 (Spring)

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