Migration and complexity in Holocene Island Southeast Asia

Katherine Szabó*, Sue O'Connor

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    Mapping the spread of Austronesian languages and its associated Neolithic culture forms the backbone of the orthodox model of the Island Southeast Asian Neolithic. The linguistic thrust of the narratives has tended to reduce the importance and independence of the archaeological record. In this paper we investigate how archaeological evidence has been used to support linguistic interpretations. Our own fieldwork and analysis suggest that reliance on the Austronesian linguistic 'tree' and the associated monolithic cultural categories may mask considerable complexity and diversity in the archaeological record.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)621-628
    Number of pages8
    JournalWorld Archaeology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004


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