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On the Road of the Winds: An Archæological History of the Pacific Islands before European Contact

 
 
 
 
On the Road of the Winds: An Archæological History of the Pacific Islands before European Contact
Author: Patrick Vinton Kirch
ISBN 13: 9780520234611
ISBN 10: 520234618
Edition: New Ed
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2002-03-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 446
List Price: $42.95
 
 

"Pat Kirch summarizes the extraordinary explosion of the last two decades in our knowledge of Pacific prehistory, an explosion to which he has contributed more than anyone. His synthesis brings together results from all of the subfields of anthropology—ethnography, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistics.. . . No one knows this material as well or can present it in such an effective manner. This book should stand for a generation as the major synthesis of Oceanic prehistory."—Timothy Earle, author of How Chiefs Come to Power

"After nearly four decades of teaching the culture history of Oceania, I can say this is the only up-to-date work that gives a balanced and detailed account of Polynesia, Micronesia, Island Melanesia, and Papua-New Guinea. Moreover, Kirch is one of the more engaging writers of general books about the Pacific. This is the first book to which scholars and general readers will go to pursue any topic relating to Pacific archaeology."—Roger C. Green, Emeritus Professor, University of Auckland

Washington Post

Riveting.