Prehistoric human impacts on Rapa, French Polynesia

Douglas Kenneth, Atholl Anderson, Matthew Prebble, Eric Conte, John Southon

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New excavations and survey on the island of Rapa have shown that a rockshelter was occupied by early settlers around AD 1200 and the first hill forts were erected about 300 years later. Refortification occurred up to the contact period and proliferated around AD 1700. Taro cultivation in terraced pond-fields kept pace with the construction of forts. The authors make a connection between fort-building and making pond-fields, demonstrating that the pressure on resources provoked both the intensification of agriculture and hostility between the communities of the small island.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)340-354
Number of pages15
Issue number308
StatePublished - Jun 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Archaeology
  • General Arts and Humanities


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