Anthropology •  Archaeology and Polynesia

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Hawaiian Adze Production and Distribution: Implications for the Development of Chiefdoms

Barbara Lass

Using a study of stone adzes of the precontact period on the island of Hawai'i, Lass examines the role of a material resource in the development of cultural complexity. Archaeological evidence is used to analyze the hypotheses that embrace the adaptationist and political approaches to increased complexity.


Barbara Lass is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai'i-Hilo.

Published By The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press

8.5 x 11 in. 96 pages 26 figures, 27 tables