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The evolutionary archaeology of ceramic diversity in ancient Fiji

Author: Ethan E Cochrane
Publisher: Oxford : Archaeopress : Available from Hadrian Books, 2009.
Series: BAR international series, 1912.
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"The research presented here investigates the evolution of material cultural diversity in the Yasawa Islands in the northwestern corner of the Fijian archipelago. This work builds upon several field seasons of basic research in the Yasawas, as well as other large-scale ceramic analyses in Fiji. This study constructs answers using an explanatory framework explicitly designed to account for the evolution of cultural  Read more...
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Cochrane, Ethan E.
Evolutionary archaeology of ceramic diversity in ancient Fiji.
Oxford : Archaeopress : Available from Hadrian Books, 2009
(OCoLC)653377701
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ethan E Cochrane
ISBN: 9781407303956 1407303953
OCLC Number: 317858151
Description: ii, 167 pages : illustrations, maps ; 30 cm.
Contents: The Problem of Human Diversity. Explaining Human Cultural Diversity ; Cultural Diversification in the Pacific ; Summary of the Work. --
Exploring Diversity in Ancient Fiji. The Culture History ofFtii ; Fiji's Cultural, Biological, and Linguistic diversity ; Using Ceramic Variation to Explain Diversity ; Whatis Needed to Generate Lineage-Based Explanations of Fijian Cultural Diversity?. --
A Framework to Define and Explain Cultural Lineages. Explanatory concepts ; Defining Material Culture Lineages ; Componentsthat Must Be Considered When Explaining the Distribution of Homologous Similarity ; Chapter Summary. --
Archaeological Overview of theYasawa Islands. Natural Environment of theYasawa Islands ; Archaeological Field Work in theYasawa islands ; Overview ofYasawa Islands Archaeology ; Chapter Summary. --
Ceramic Classification and Analyses of Variation. Techniques for Describing Ceramic Variation ; Technological and Surface Modification Variation inYasawa Islands Ceramics ; Chapter Summary. --
Transmission and Cultural Diversification in the Yasawa Islands. Defining material Culture Lineages Using Rim Fonn Variation ; Defining material Culture Lineages Using Surface Modification Variation ; How Do We Explain Change in the Cultural Transmission History of the Yasawa Islands? ; Chapter Summary. --
Discussion and Conclusions About Fijian Population History and Diversity. Human cultural Diversification in the Yasawa Islands ; Methodological Contributions to the Study of Cultural Similarities and Differences in Oceanic Populations ; Prospectus.
Series Title: BAR international series, 1912.
Responsibility: Ethan E. Cochrane.

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"The research presented here investigates the evolution of material cultural diversity in the Yasawa Islands in the northwestern corner of the Fijian archipelago. This work builds upon several field seasons of basic research in the Yasawas, as well as other large-scale ceramic analyses in Fiji. This study constructs answers using an explanatory framework explicitly designed to account for the evolution of cultural diversity in prehistory. This explanatory framework combines the effects of cultural transmission, selection and other sorting processes, and innovation. Using this explanatory framework this research attempts to answer the following three questions: 1. What domains of ceramic similarity in the Yasawa Islands can be used to define culturally transmitting populations or lineages; 2. What are the spatial and temporal distributions of transmission lineages defined along different avenues of transmission; and 3. What are the possible explanations for the distribution of these lineages? Chapter 2 examines some of the previous archaeological and other research in Fiji that has attempted to explain or document cultural, biological, and linguistic diversity. Chapter 3 more completely develops the theoretical framework used to explain prehistoric ceramic similarities and difference in terms of transmission lineages. An outline of the natural and cultural history of the Yasawa Islands is presented in Chapter 4. Classifications of ceramic variation and other analyses are presented in Chapter 5. In Chapter 6 cladistic and seriation analyses generate hypotheses for the transmission history of Yasawa Islands populations. Chapter 7 reviews the results of this research in the context of other archaeological work in Fiji. The approach to explaining cultural similarities and differences employed in this research indicates that prehistoric cultural diversity can be examined using cultural transmission, selection, and innovation to produce empirically testable hypotheses regarding the historical relatedness of populations. The further development of this approach by scholars will do much to answer long-standing questions."--Publisher's website.

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