One Head, Many Faces

New Perspectives on the Bird's Head Peninsula of New Guinea


Author: Jelle Miedema,Ger P. Reesink

Publisher: KITLV Press

ISBN: 9789067182294

Category: History

Page: 220

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Wider knowledge of New Guinea's Bird's Head Peninsula, home to an indigenous population of 114,000 people who share more than twenty languages, was recently gained through an extensive interdisciplinary research project involving anthropologists, archaeologists, botanists, demographers, geologists, linguists, and specialists in public administration. Analyzing the findings of the project, this book provides a systematic comparison with earlier studies, addressing the geological past, the latest archaeological evidence of early human habitation (dating back at least 26,000 years), and the region's diversity of languages and cultures. The peninsula is an important transitional area between Southeast Asia and Oceania, and this book provides valuable new insights for specialists in both the social and natural sciences into processes of state formation and globalization in the Asia-Pacific zone.

Pirates, Ports, and Coasts in Asia

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives


Author: John Kleinen,Manon Osseweijer

Publisher: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

ISBN: 9814279072

Category: History

Page: 299

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"The chapters in this volume were presented in 2005 at an international conference hosted and organised by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences"--Acknowledgements.