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Te Miro o´one: the archaeology of contact on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

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Historical accounts of European exploration and intervention in Polynesia during the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries speak of the complex interpretative fields through which both Polynesians and Europeans came to understand each other. Here we employ the record of material practices on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) to investigate the indigenous response to European contact from the island's 'discovery' by the Dutch in 1722 to the population's conversion to Christianity in 1868. Rather than seeing events on the island during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as a simple trajectory of decline, we highlight how myriad new practices and social orders emerged through a creative agency that drew inventively upon the material and cosmological possibilities afforded by contact

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Pollard, Joshua, Paterson, Alistair and Welham, Kate (2010) Te Miro o´one: the archaeology of contact on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) World Archaeology, 42, (4), pp. 562-580. (doi:10.1080/00438243.2010.517670).

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Published date: 2010
Organisations: Archaeology

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Local EPrints ID: 184721
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/184721
PURE UUID: c1c95fca-bc1c-4862-ac58-920ab7d712e9

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Date deposited: 09 May 2011 10:46
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:51

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Author: Joshua Pollard
Author: Alistair Paterson
Author: Kate Welham

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