P. Kirch
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On the Road of the Winds: An Archaeological History of the Pacific Islands before European Contact
P. Kirch
History, Geography
7 November 2017
The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of the earth's surface and encompasses many thousands of islands, the home to numerous human societies and cultures. Among these indigenous Oceanic cultures are the… Expand
582 Citations
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Phylogeny and ancient DNA of Sus provides insights into neolithic expansion in Island Southeast Asia and Oceania
G. Larson, T. Cucchi, +29 authors K. Dobney
Biology, Medicine
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
20 March 2007
TLDR
Archeological and genetic evidence shows these pigs were certainly introduced to islands east of the Wallace Line, including New Guinea, and that so-called “wild” pigs within this region are most likely feral descendants of domestic pigs introduced by early agriculturalists. Expand
307 Citations
12
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Peopling of the Pacific: A Holistic Anthropological Perspective
P. Kirch
History
23 September 2010
The human colonization of the Pacific is an enduring problem in historical anthropology. Recent advances in archaeology, historical linguistics, and bioanthropology have coalesced to form a set of… Expand
120 Citations
12
The Impact of the Prehistoric Polynesians on the Hawaiian Ecosystem
P. Kirch
Geography
1982
Evidence obtained from archaeological and ancillary studies of paleoenvironment suggests that the prehistoric Polynesians had a far greater impact on the Hawaiian ecosystem than has heretofore been… Expand
157 Citations
11
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ARCHAEOLOGY AND GLOBAL CHANGE: The Holocene Record
P. Kirch
Biology
25 October 2005
TLDR
This review concludes that in some areas and time periods, environmental change led to long-term negative consequences for regional human populations, whereas in otland, such changes have a much longer history. Expand
167 Citations
10
Microcosmic histories : Island perspectives on global change
P. Kirch
History
1 March 1997
The Pacific Islands, particularly the Polynesian islands, provide excellent model systems for understanding the human dimensions of global change. This is due to their uniquely microcosmic aspect.… Expand
161 Citations
10
How Chiefs Became Kings: Divine Kingship and the Rise of Archaic States in Ancient Hawai'i
P. Kirch
History
2 December 2010
In "How Chiefs Became Kings", Patrick Vinton Kirch addresses a central problem in anthropological archaeology: the emergence of "archaic states" whose distinctive feature was divine kingship. Kirch… Expand
91 Citations
10
Investigating the Global Dispersal of Chickens in Prehistory Using Ancient Mitochondrial DNA Signatures
A. Storey, J. S. Athens, +16 authors E. Matisoo-Smith
Biology, Medicine
PloS one

25 July 2012
TLDR
The results from the ancient DNA analyses of forty-eight archaeologically derived chicken bones provide support for archaeological hypotheses about the prehistoric human transport of chickens and lead to the proposal of four hypotheses which will require further scrutiny and rigorous future testing. Expand
121 Citations
9
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Late Holocene human-induced modifications to a central Polynesian island ecosystem.
P. Kirch
Geography, Medicine
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
28 May 1996
A 7000-year-long sequence of environmental change during the Holocene has been reconstructed for a central Pacific island (Mangaia, Cook Islands). The research design used geomorphological and… Expand
102 Citations
9
Prehistory and human ecology in Eastern Polynesia: Excavations at Tangatatau Rockshelter, Mangaia, Cook Islands
P. Kirch, D. W. Steadman, V. Butler, J. Hather, M. Weisler
History
1 July 1995
The Tangatatau Rockshelter (site MAN-44, Mangaia, Cook Islands) has produced one of Eastern Polynesia's most comprehensive chrono-stratigraphic sequences of artifacts, vertebrate and invertebrate… Expand
93 Citations
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