Pacific and New Zealand

Paul Rainbird

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199232444
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

Pacific and New Zealand

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The archaeology of ritual and religion is still in its infancy in Oceania, but much work has been done in the last twenty years to allow archaeologists to provide more subtle and anthropologically nuanced narratives on this topic. This article aims to make sense of the diversity of the material in both chronology, beginning with the area where Pleistocene settlement is attested, and geographically in relation to the tripartite division of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.

Keywords: ritual; religion; archaeology; Oceania; Pleistocene; Melanesia; Micronesia; Polynesia

Article.  5883 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Historical Archaeology

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