Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
In this study, I explore the impact of human actions on the Society Island environment, as well as the ecological resilience of these islands over the 1,000 year sequence of human occupation. I utilize geoarchaeological methods to analyze soil samples collected from archaeological excavations on the islands of Maupiti and Mo‘orea in the Society Islands. Using these data, I examine whether humans (anthropogenic factors) or climate (natural factors) influenced the depositional processes at these sites, and if Tahitians altered their behavior to modify their impacts on island environments.
Peck, Katherine M., "Understanding Human-Landscape Interaction: Geoarchaeology in the Society Islands, French Polynesia" (2017). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 1007.