The rapid emergence of the archaic Tongan state: the royal tomb of Paepaeotelea

Clark, Geoffrey, Reepmeyer, Christian, and Melekiola, Nivaleti (2016) The rapid emergence of the archaic Tongan state: the royal tomb of Paepaeotelea. Antiquity, 90 (352). pp. 1038-1053.

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New research indicates that the royal tomb Paepaeotelea was built c. AD 1300–1400, more than 200 years earlier than its traditional association with Uluakimata I, who ruled when the Tongan polity was at its greatest extent. The large and stylistically complex tomb marks a dramatic increase in the scale of mortuary structures. It represents a substantial mobilisation of labour by this early archaic state, while the geochemical signatures of stone tools associated with the tomb indicate long-distance voyaging. The evidence suggests that the early Tongan state was a powerful and geographically expansive entity, able to rapidly organise and command the resources of the scattered archipelago.

Item ID: 44712
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1745-1744
Keywords: South Pacific; Tonga; tomb; state formation
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), Australian National University (ANU)
Projects and Grants: ARC Future Fellowship grant FT0990591
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2016 23:53
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4513 Pacific Peoples culture, language and history > 451301 Archaeology of New Guinea and Pacific Islands (excl. New Zealand) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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