'… most comprehensive and analytical review of Polynesian archaeology to appear in the literature so far …'. Archaeology
'A fascinating, authoritative account of the development of pre-European political systems in the central and eastern Pacific … a major achievement.' John Terrell, Reviews in Anthropology
'This is archaeology as it should be.' Man
'This well-illustrated book with its extensive bibliography should continue to be an important book for scholars and students of Polynesia for years to come.' Journal of the Polynesian Society
This is an archaeological perspective on the elaborate system of chiefdoms found in the islands of Polynesia. Using comparative ethnography, lexical reconstruction and direct archaeological evidence, the author reconstructs Ancestral Polynesian Society and details colonization, adaptation to changing environments, development of intensive production and social conflict and competition.