Ancient Voyagers in Polynesia

Ancient Voyagers in Polynesia

Ancient Voyagers in Polynesia

Ancient Voyagers in Polynesia

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It is now over six years since my previous book Ancient Voyagers in the Pacific was first published by the Polynesian Society, and over five years since it was reprinted by Penguin Books in their Pelican series. During these years I have gathered upwards of a hundred published notices of the book, have had a dozen protracted and interesting exchanges of letters with experts of various sorts, and have been involved in 2,191 oral discussions of the book's themes. I have yet to hear of a fact or read an argument which impugns the basic contentions of the former book, but the present book, while based on the previous one, offers some advances on my previous views. The change of title to Ancient Voyagers in Polynesia indicates that Polynesia occupies the foreground, as indeed it did in the book's predecessor, but I have still attempted to view the Polynesian themes in relation to early oceanic voyaging elsewhere. There is sufficient new material in Ancient Voyagers in Polynesia to justify the claim that it is in considerable degree a new book.

I am indebted to the Polynesian Society for having provided me with a first forum for a number of my views in its memoir series and journal.

'Western Polynesia' in the present book means the Tonga- Samoa-Ellice-Tokelau area, and 'Eastern Polynesia' the Cook- Tahiti-Tuamotu-Mangareva-Marquesas-Easter Island area.

ANDREW SHARP.

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