Settlement and Diversity in the Solomon Islands

  • Miller D
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Abstract

ArchaeologistsworkingintheSolomonIslandshaveoftensupplementedtheirsurveysby
recordingoraltraditionsrelatingtoancientsites.These two sourcesofevidencesometimes
yielddiscrepant information. Thisproblemcanbe resolvedwhenthestructure as wellasthe
contentofthesetraditionsis examined.This also providesinsightintothe way in which
SolomonIslandersformalised theirknowledgeofsuitablesettlement sitesandtheimplications
whichthishad forsettlement location.The studyofsettlements indicatestheextraordinary
degreeofculturaldiversityto be foundwithinand betweenislands.A critiqueofTerrell's
attemptto use a model based on biogeographyto explain thisphenomenonleadsto the
investigation ofalternativeapproaches.

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  • Daniel Miller

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