Professor Patrick V. Kirch
The Mangaia Project is a collaborative endeavor between the OAL and the University of Florida (Gainesville), co-directed by Prof. Patrick Kirch (Berkeley) and Prof. David Steadman (Florida). The principal objective of the project is to study the dynamic interactions between a Polynesian population and their island ecosystem over a several thousand year period.
Tangatatau Rockshelter (MAN 44), excavated in 1989-91, yielded a rich
sequence of artifacts, faunal remains, and floral materials dated from
ca. AD 1000 to the early post-contact period.
1990 D. Steadman and P. V. Kirch, Prehistoric extinction of birds on Mangaia, Cook Islands, Polynesia. Proceedings of the U. S. National Academy of Sciences 87:9605-9609.
1991 J. Hather and P. V. Kirch, Prehistoric sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) from Mangaia Island, Central Polynesia. Antiquity 65:887-893.
1991 P. V. Kirch, D. Steadman, and J. Flenley, A radiocarbon chronology for human-induced environmental change on Mangaia, Southern Cook Islands, Polynesia. Radiocarbon 33:317-328. (with D. Steadman, J. Flenley).
1992 P. V. Kirch, D. W. Steadman, J. Flenley, S. Dawson, and F. Lamont, Ancient environmental degradation: prehistoric human impacts on an island ecosystem, Mangaia, Central Polynesia. Research and Exploration 8:166-179.
1994 P. V. Kirch, M. I. Weisler, and J. Endicott, The Mata'are basalt source: implications for prehistoric interaction studies in the Cook Islands. Journal of the Polynesian Society 103:203-216.
1994 P. V. Kirch and J. Ellison, Paleoenvironmental evidence for human colonization of remote Oceanic islands. Antiquity 68:310- 321.
1995 P. V. Kirch, D. Steadman, V. L. Butler, J. Hather, and M. I. Weisler, Prehistory and human ecology in Eastern Polynesia: Excavations at Tangatatau Rockshelter, Mangaia, Cook Islands. Archaeology in Oceania 30:47-65.
1996 P. V. Kirch, Late Holocene human-induced modifications to a central Polynesian island ecosystem. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 93(11):5296-5300.
1996 M. Weisler and P. V. Kirch, Interisland and interarchipelago transport of stone tools in prehistoric Polynesia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 93:1381-1385.
1997 P. V. Kirch, Microcosmic histories: Island perspectives on 'global' change. American Anthropologist 99:30-42.
1997 P. V. Kirch, Changing landscapes and sociopolitical evolution in Mangaia, Central Polynesia. In P. V. Kirch and T. L. Hunt, eds., Historical Ecology in the Pacific Islands, pp. 147-165. New Haven: Yale University Press.
2000 D. Steadman, S. Anton, and P. V. Kirch, Ana Manuka: A prehistoric
ritualistic site on Mangaia, Cook Islands. Antiquity 74:873-83.
|Photos courtesy of Patrick Kirch.|