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Title: The input of francophone archaeological research in the Pacific: a short summary

Author: Sand, Christophe
Subject:  Archaeology|Oceania
Volume: Vol.27 no.1, 2004
Collation: p. 1-12

Abstract: This paper presents a short synthesis of the major themes of archaeological research conducted over past decades in the Pacific region by French-speaking scholars. The importance of the intellectual influence of Professor J. Garanger is emphasised, as he established the major lines of francophone research: confirmation of oral traditions through archaeological excavations, the building of ceramic chronologies, the restoration of prehistoric monuments, and the development of local archaeological departments in French Territories of the region. Inquiry in these four problem areas has become characteristic of francophone research in Oceania. Various examples of recent achievements on these subjects, mainly for the western Pacific, are presented.

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