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Monuments and People. The Longevity of Monuments: The Past in the Present – A Report of the State of the Pulemelei Site, Savai’i, Samoa

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Helene Martinsson-Wallin 1, Geoffrey Clark 2 and Paul Wallin 1
1 Department of Archaeology and Osteology, Gotland University, Sweden
2 Archaeology and Natural History, Division of Society and Environment,
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University

Abstract

Archaeological excavations at the Pulemelei mound on Savai’i in Samoa were made to examine the development and origin of monuments in West Polynesia. Scientific research at the site was a catalyst for varied types of social activity that has implications for understanding the complicated history of long-lived and significant structures. In this paper we outline how archaeological approaches and contemporary events can inform our knowledge of monuments, and prompt engagement between archaeologists and other current users.

KEYWORDS: Archaeology, Monuments, Cultural Heritage, Samoa.

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