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Currents and Commodities: How Oceanographic Effects Influenced the Prehistoric Colonization of Islands

September 27, 2023 @ 6:00 pm CDT

ART 1.110, UT Austin Campus
Au, TX 78712

AIA Society: Central Texas (Austin)

Lecturer: Scott M. Fitzpatrick

For many island societies worldwide, the acquisition and exchange of prized resources was fundamental to developing and maintaining social, political, and economic relationships. The patchiness of resources like stone, clay, tempering agents, shell, and animals often led to differential access which then helped to fuel the rise of social complexity.  This presentation considers questions of resource acquisition as mediated by oceanographic and wind conditions, comparing results from archaeological projects in the Pacific and the Caribbean.


Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

Scott M. Fitzpatrick and Richard Callaghan, 2013. Estimating Trajectories of Colonization to the Mariana Islands, Western Pacific. Antiquity 87:840-853.

Scott M. Fitzpatrick, 2013. Seafaring Capabilities in the Pre-Columbian Caribbean. Journal of Maritime Archaeology 8(1):101-138.

Scott M. Fitzpatrick, 2013. The Southward Route Hypothesis. In The Oxford Handbook of Caribbean Archaeology (W. Keegan, C. Hofman, and R. Rodgriguez Ramos, eds.):198-204. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Scott M. Fitzpatrick and Richard Callaghan (invited), 2008.  Seafaring Simulations and the Origin of Prehistoric Settlers to Madagascar. In Islands of Inquiry: Papers in Honour of Atholl Anderson (G. Clark and S. O’Connor, eds.): 55-66. Australian National University Press, Canberra. Terra Australis 29.

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September 27, 2023
6:00 pm CDT
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Au, TX 78712
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