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Hostile shores : catastrophic events in prehistoric New Zealand and their impact on Maori coastal communities / Bruce McFadgen.

By: McFadgen, B. G.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Auckland University Press, 2007Description: xiii, 298 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781869403904 (pbk.).Subject(s): Indigenous peoples -- Ecology -- New Zealand | Human beings -- Effect of environment on -- New Zealand | Natural disasters -- New Zealand -- History | Maori (New Zealand people) -- History | Tangata whenua | Kōrero nehe | Tāngata whenua | Archaeology -- New Zealand | Shorelines -- New Zealand -- History | Earthquakes -- New Zealand -- History | Tsunamis -- New Zealand -- History | Coasts -- New Zealand -- History | Korero nehe | New Zealand -- HistoryDDC classification: 993 Online resources: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description | Contributor biographical information | Publisher description
Contents:
A Precarious Place to Live -- New Zealand's Tectonic Setting -- Dating Catastrophic Events by Radiocarbon -- Dating Catastrophic Events -- Archaeological Sites: the Physical Remains -- Archaeological Sites: Geographic Distribution and Chronology -- Tectonic and Volcanic Processes in an Archaeological Setting -- Impact of Tectonic and Volcanic Events on Archaeological Remains: North Island -- Impact of Tectonic Events on Archaeological Remains: South Island -- Waves of Destruction.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Review: "The Polynesian settlers of New Zealand arrived to a land prone to violent geological disruption by large earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. In Hostile Shores, Bruce McFadgen has written a study of the effects of these catastrophic events on the New Zealand coastal landscape and its people from the time of first Polynesian settlement until European contact in the eighteenth century. Evidence from the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology, demography, geology, history, volcanology and Maori oral tradition combine to offer a unique analysis. In particular, McFadgen describes how the 'big crunch' of the fifteenth century, with its increased tsunami activity, was hugely detrimental to coastal communities and precipitated a crisis that led to cultural change and warfare. Hostile Shores will be interesting reading for coastal planners, local authorities, surveyors and engineers, anthropologists, archaeologists - and anyone living within 300 metres of the shoreline of New Zealand."--Back cover.
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Evidence from several disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology, demography, history, and the Maori oral tradition, are combined in this analysis of the many volcanic periods that shaped New Zealand. This authoritative, groundbreaking study examines the consequences on the coastal landscape and its people, from the first Polynesian settlers until European colonization in the 18th century. A study of the wave of tsunamis that struck New Zealand in the 15th century, known as the "big crunch," and precipitated various crises that led to cultural change and much warfare is also included.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-289) and index.

1. A Precarious Place to Live -- 2. New Zealand's Tectonic Setting -- 3. Dating Catastrophic Events by Radiocarbon -- 4. Dating Catastrophic Events -- 5. Archaeological Sites: the Physical Remains -- 6. Archaeological Sites: Geographic Distribution and Chronology -- 7. Tectonic and Volcanic Processes in an Archaeological Setting -- 8. Impact of Tectonic and Volcanic Events on Archaeological Remains: North Island -- 9. Impact of Tectonic Events on Archaeological Remains: South Island -- 10. Waves of Destruction.

Disasters: Earthquakes -- Sand dune advance -- Tsunamis-- Volcanoes.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

"The Polynesian settlers of New Zealand arrived to a land prone to violent geological disruption by large earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. In Hostile Shores, Bruce McFadgen has written a study of the effects of these catastrophic events on the New Zealand coastal landscape and its people from the time of first Polynesian settlement until European contact in the eighteenth century. Evidence from the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology, demography, geology, history, volcanology and Maori oral tradition combine to offer a unique analysis. In particular, McFadgen describes how the 'big crunch' of the fifteenth century, with its increased tsunami activity, was hugely detrimental to coastal communities and precipitated a crisis that led to cultural change and warfare. Hostile Shores will be interesting reading for coastal planners, local authorities, surveyors and engineers, anthropologists, archaeologists - and anyone living within 300 metres of the shoreline of New Zealand."--Back cover.

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