Prehistoric Marine Resource Use in the Indo-Pacific Regions

Prehistoric Marine Resource Use in the Indo-Pacific Regions

Edited by: Rintaro Ono, Alex Morrison, David Addison

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Although historic sources provide information on recent centuries, archaeology can contribute longer term understandings of pre-industrial marine exploitation in the Indo-Pacific region, providing valuable baseline data for evaluating contemporary ecological trends. This volume contains eleven papers which constitute a diverse but coherent collection on past and present marine resource use in the Indo-Pacific region, within a human-ecological perspective. The geographical focus extends from Eastern Asia, mainly Japan and Insular Southeast Asia (especially the Philippines) to the tropical Pacific (Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia) and outlying sites in coastal Tanzania (Indian Ocean) and coastal California (North Pacific).

The volume is divided thematically and temporally into four parts: Part 1, Prehistoric and historic marine resource use in the Indo-Pacific Region; Part 2, Specific marine resource use in the Pacific and Asia; Part 3, Marine use and material culture in the Western Pacific; and Part 4, Modern marine use and resource management.


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Dec 2013
Terra Australis 39
ANU Press
Terra Australis
Arts & Humanities: Archaeology; Social Sciences: Anthropology
East Asia: Japan; Pacific; Southeast Asia: Philippines

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Part 1: Prehistoric and Historic Marine Resource Use in the Indo-Pacific Region

  1. New Flesh for Old Bones: Using Modern Reef Fish to Understand Midden Remains from Guam, Mariana Islands (PDF, 6.7MB)Richard K. Olmo doi
  2. Pelagic Fishing in the Mariana Archipelago: From the Prehistoric Period to the Present (PDF, 3.8MB)Judith R. Amesbury doi
  3. Historical Ecology and 600 Years of Fish Use on Atafu Atoll, Tokelau (PDF, 820KB)Rintaro Ono, David J. Addison doi
  4. Red Abalone, Sea Otters, and Kelp Forest Ecosystems on Historic Period San Miguel Island, California (PDF, 2.3MB)Todd J. Braje, Jon M. Erlandson, Torben C. Rick doi
  5. Exploring the Social Context of Maritime Exploitation in Tanzania between the 14th-18th c. AD: Recent Research from the Mafia Archipelago (PDF, 4.2MB)Annalisa C. Christie doi

Part 2: Specific Marine Resource Use in the Pacific and Asia

  1. Beyond Subsistence: Cultural Usages and Significance of Bailer Shells in Philippine Prehistory (PDF, 4.1MB)Timothy Vitales doi
  2. The History and Culture of Dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus)Exploitation in Japan, East Asia, and the Pacific (PDF, 1.8MB)Hashimura Osamu doi

Part 3: Marine Use and Material Culture in the Western Pacific

  1. Oceanic Encounter with the Japanese: An Outrigger Canoe-Fishing Gear Complex in the Bonin Islands and Hachijo-jima Island (PDF, 5.6MB)Akira Goto doi
  2. The Technique and Ecology Surrounding Moray Fishing: A Case Study of Moray Trap Fishing on Mactan Island, Philippines (PDF, 5.3MB)Takashi Tsuji doi

Part 4: Modern Marine Use and Resource Management

  1. Marine Resource Use in Transition: Modern Fishing in Tonga, Western Polynesia (PDF, 2.0MB)Kazuhiro Suda doi
  2. Territoriality in a Philippine Fishing Village: Implications for Coastal Resource Management (PDF, 1.2MB)Shio Segi doi


Mirani Litster, of the Deparatment of Archaeology and Natural History, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU, reviews Volume 39 in the Terra Australis series: Prehistoric Marine Resource Use in the Indo-Pacific Regions (edited by Rintaro Ono, Alex Morrison and David Addison) in the June 2014 issue of Australian Archaeology.

Litster writes:

The papers present varied data sets from prehistoric, historical and modern contexts, and the chronological and thematic organisation of these case studies provides clarity and cohesion…To my mind, the stand out papers are those by Christie, who examines status and differential resource patterning in the archaeological record in east Africa and Braje et al.’s examination of red abalone, sea otters and kelp forest ecosystems. This paper effectively illustrates the significant role that archaeology can play in providing insight into future sustainability plans. (p126)

and praises the collection’s success “in highlighting the relevance of a human ecology framework and the use of different methodological approaches to gain insight into past and present marine resource use and management.” (p126)

(Mirani Litster, review of Prehistoric Marine Resource Use in the Indo-Pacific Regions, edited by Rintaro Ono, Alex Morrison and David Addison, Australian Archaeology, Number 78, June 2014, pp. 125-126.)

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