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The Prehistoric Exploration and Colonisation of the Pacific

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ISBN-13: 978-0521476515
ISBN-10: 0521476518
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"Irwin's study is, quite simply, one of the best books written within the past ten years on the archaeology of the Pacific." Choice

"...written by an archaeologist and practising sailor, gives...the most convincing review of the navigational practicalities of the whole topic published to date." The Review of Archaeology

"...a crisp but fascinating style...efficient but readable." The Northern Mariner

"This is a book that needs to be read by anyone interested in islands and island colonization..." William F. Keegan, Asian Perspectives

"For those interested in the early colonization of the Pacific Islands, this is a useful book....this book should interest any student of the archaeology of Oceania. It is a book full of information useful for those studying the topic and region." Brian Chisholm, Pacific Affairs

Book Description

Forty years of modern archaeology, experimental voyages in rafts and computer simulations have produced an enormous range of literature on the controversial subject of the exploration and colonization of the Pacific. This book represents a major advance in knowledge of prehistoric settlement.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (June 24, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521476518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521476515
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John J. Emerson on June 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Polynesian colonization of the islands of the Pacific during the last millenia or two was the outcome of a long period of systematic exploration. Irwin has shown how this was possible, grounding his argument on a thorough knowledge of the geography and prevailing winds of the area. Both the story he tells and the way he gets his results are fascinating. The book is not difficult to read, but demands a willingness to follow detailed technical arguments.
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