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First Settlement of Remote Oceania

Earliest Sites in the Mariana Islands


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Archaeology book series (BRIEFSARCHAE, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Mike T. Carson
    Pages 15-20
  3. Mike T Carson
    Pages 21-43
  4. Mike T. Carson
    Pages 45-51
  5. Mike T. Carson
    Pages 53-68
  6. Mike T. Carson
    Pages 69-77
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 149-149

About this book


This book offers the only synthesis of early-period Marianas archaeology, marking the first human settlement of Remote Oceania about 1500 B.C.  In these remote islands of the northwest Pacific Ocean, archaeological discoveries now can define the oldest site contexts, dating, and artifacts of a Neolithic (late stone-age) people. This ancient settlement was accomplished by the world’s longest open-ocean voyage in human history at its time, more than 2000 km from any contemporary populated area. This work brings the isolated Mariana Islands into the forefront of scientific research of how people first settled Remote Oceania, further important for understanding long-distance human migration in general. Given this significance, the early Marianas sites deserve close attention that has been awkwardly missing until now. The author draws on his collective decades of intensive field research to define the earliest Marianas sites in scientific detail but accessible for broad readership. It covers three major topics: 1) situating the ancient sites in their original environmental contexts; 2) inventory of the early-period sites and their dating; and 3) the full range of pottery, stone tools, shell ornaments, and other artifacts.  The work concludes with discussing the impacts of their findings on Asia-Pacific archaeology and on human global migration studies.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Micronesian Area Research CenterUniversity of GuamMangilaoGuam

About the authors

Dr. Mike T. Carson is a Research Associate at the Micronesian Area Research Center, University of Guam, Mangilao. He has completed more than a decade of archaeological research in the Pacific Region, with special focus on the earliest sites of the Mariana Islands.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title First Settlement of Remote Oceania
  • Book Subtitle Earliest Sites in the Mariana Islands
  • Authors Mike T. Carson
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Archaeology
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs Archaeology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-01046-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-01047-2
  • Series ISSN 1861-6623
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-4910
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 149
  • Number of Illustrations 76 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Archaeology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the reviews:

“The book is short: eleven chapters in only 149 pages, and presents results of vey recent research. It seems largely intended for the general reader, but should also be of interest to Oceanic archaeologists … . It is well illustrated and references are given for each chapter rather than in a full bibliography at the end. There is a curious mixture of clear presentation and illustration of basic data and highly emotive prose, verging in places on hyperbole.” (Janet Davidson, Archaeology in New Zealand, December, 2013)