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Unearthing the Polynesian PastExplorations and Adventures of an Island Archaeologist$
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Patrick Vinton Kirch

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824853457

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824853457.001.0001

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Belly of the Stonefish (Mo‘orea, Society Islands, 2000–2010)

Belly of the Stonefish (Mo‘orea, Society Islands, 2000–2010)

(p.271) Chapter Twenty Belly of the Stonefish (Mo‘orea, Society Islands, 2000–2010)
Unearthing the Polynesian Past

Patrick Vinton Kirch

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter provides anecdotes, historical and personal, surrounding ‘Ōpūnohu Bay on Mo‘orea, second largest of the Society Islands. It briefly discusses the intertwined history of the ‘Ōpūnohu Valley, the Kellum family, and archaeology, before turning to the more current prospect of studying Polynesian household archaeology and the settlement landscape of the ‘Ōpūnohu Valley. Like Hawai‘i, the Society Islands had one of the most complex, hierarchical social and political systems in Polynesia—which, among other reasons, confers the area with great potential for archaeological study. The multiple fieldwork sessions in this location had several goals: to investigate the concept of the “house society,” to explore the residential landscapes and community organization in the ‘Ōpūnohu Valley during the last century or two prior to European contact, and so on.

Keywords:   Society Islands, ‘Ōpūnohu Valley, Kellum family, Mo‘orea, house society, household archaeology, community organization

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